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Buffalo City Mission Receives Major Cost Saving Upgrade

New York State Sen. Antoine Thompson and representatives from Solar Liberty and the Buffalo City Mission “flipped the switch” today on a new solar energy system that provides a valuable source of electricity for the area’s largest homeless shelter.

The 204-panel rooftop system is expected to produce 53,600 kWh of electricity per year, approximately 16 percent of the building’s electrical usage. At current electrical rates, the system will save the Mission an estimated $6,700 in utility costs in its first year and is expected to increase each year if energy prices rise.

“Aside from the immediate cost savings, the City Mission is now a much greener building,” said Solar Liberty CEO Adam Rizzo.

The array of solar panels, located on the roof of the East Tupper facility facing the Kensington Expressway, is expected to produce enough electricity to power about nine average homes. Factoring in possible energy inflation, over the system’s 25-year warrantee lifetime, it will save the Mission approximately $300,293 in utility costs.

“Like any non-profit, we are constantly looking for opportunities to expand our services. We are very grateful to the Solar Liberty team for providing us with this state-of-the-art upgrade that will continue to benefit us long into the future, said Buffalo City Mission Executive

“Our new solar energy system will allow us to more efficiently serve those in need, all while being a good friend to the environment and the community,” said Harper.

Solar Liberty has installed hundreds of solar energy systems statewide for government, commercial, and residential customers. Most recently, the company installed dozens of systems for the Catholic Diocese schools, the downtown Merchant’s Insurance headquarters, and the town of West Seneca. Major upcoming installations include the 1.1 megawatt University at Buffalo solar project, the NFTA Bus Garage, and the Rochester International Airport.

“The City Mission installation is a perfect example of government, a non-profit and industry collaborating on a worthwhile project,” Senator Thompson said. “This helps our environment, creates jobs and investment and demonstrates leadership.

Solar Liberty installed the solar energy system at no cost to the Mission using a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and donated design and installation services.

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