In addition to providing much needed aid to the families to help offset their monthly energy bill, the shares subscribed in this program bring LG&E and KU's second 500-kilowatt section of its Solar Share facility to full subscription, clearing the way to construct the next 1,400-panel array at the utilities' Solar Share site in Simpsonville, KY in 2020.
"The partnership between KYHFH and LG&E and KU reflects a shared commitment to our environment, renewable energy and creative strategies to ensure low-income families have a decent and affordable place to call home," said KYHFH Executive Director Mary Shearer.
"Creating community partnerships and new resources to assist our most vulnerable customers is a key focus for our company, which is what made this partnership such a great fit," said Beth McFarland, former LG&E and KU vice president-Customer Services. "We're now giving Solar Share participants the option to "gift" their solar energy credits to another person, business or nonprofit organization. It's our hope generous customers across our community will consider this option as they look to make impactful contributions to Habitat and other non-profits across our service territories."
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville identified the first homeowner, Amber Mullins, and will continue partnering with KYHFH to identify additional participants.
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"Growing the use of renewable energy while simultaneously lowering utility costs for low-income homeowners is a great achievement," said Rob Locke, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville. "This gift will empower Amber and her family to use the power of home to build strength, stability and self-reliance," Locke added.
In addition to KYHFH's investment, Carbide Industries already stepped forward as the first company to support KYHFH's participation in the Solar Share Program. Carbide's donation will allow KYHFH to increase the number of shares subscribed and extend assistance to additional low-income families through this innovative partnership.
to learn more about LG&E and KU's Solar Share Program and its gifting option.