South Bend, associations dedicated to renewable energies

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – The City of South Bend and five local nonprofits held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate their new clean energy systems.

Taking place at the St. Joseph County Clubhouse, the Energy Assistance Solar Savings Initiative, or EASSI, is an investment in South Bend’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Of the five nonprofits, The Clubhouse, La Casa de Amistad, and Near Northwest Neighborhood have already installed their signs, with the Beacon Resource Center and Paramount School of Excellence slated for installation in November 2022 and spring 2023.

Nonprofits tell 16 News Now that they are already seeing their energy bills drop significantly, allowing them to reinvest more resources in their mission.

“In January, the city launched this pilot program,” said Evie Bauman, director of sustainability for the City of South Bend. “This aligns with the goals of the city’s climate action plan, which sets out strategies to make us carbon neutral by 2050. So we’re looking to increase the energy efficiency of buildings in our community and increase the solar energy in our community. good. So this program is really about helping nonprofits do those two things.

CDFI Friendly South Bend and IFF are lenders and real estate development consultants who assist nonprofit organizations with the management of their facilities.

Crossroads Solar produces the solar panels used for the project. Based here in South Bend, all of Crossroad’s employees are ex-criminals finding new lives after incarceration.

So far, solar panels placed on nonprofits have produced a combined 350 kW or the equivalent of saving 30,000 gallons of gasoline.

The city will host the EASSI Showcase on November 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Howard Park Community Center.

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