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Solar in Bloom at LaGrange Housing Authority

Thanks in part to a grant provided by the Solutions Project, a nonprofit that funds renewable energy projects that build public will and interest, Groundswell installed a solar SmartflowerTM at the LaGrange Housing Authority (LHA) in LaGrange, GA. A first of its kind in area, the Smartflower will produce energy that will help reduce the monthly utility bill of LHA’s administrative office. Those savings will then be earmarked to fund future youth afterschool programming and education. 

Partnership on many levels was central to the success of the Smartflower project. Installation assistance was provided by both the facility staff at LHA and Jackson Services, a local heating, air and plumbing services company dedicated to community improvement. Groundswell also partnered with Jonnell Minefee, managing partner of Solar Tyme— a regional solar installation provider. Jonnell taught the youth at LHA about solar energy production and shared how, as a minority female, she has established a successful career in the solar energy field with the hope of inspiring some of the children to do the same. 

The youth at LHA were also instrumental in revitalizing the area surrounding the Smartflower. They used the information they learned to create sustainability-themed mural designs and inspirational sayings that brought the walls around the Smartflower to life. They also repainted outdoor furniture and did yard work to convert the space into an inviting patio area for residents to enjoy.

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  • Solar in Bloom at LaGrange Housing Authority

    Solar in Bloom at LaGrange Housing Authority

    Groundswell recently collaborated with the Solutions Project, a nonprofit that funds renewable energy projects that build public will and interest, to install a solar Smartflower at the LaGrange Housing Authority (LHA). A first of its kind in area, the Smartflower will produce energy that will help reduce the monthly utility bill of LHA’s administrative office. Those savings will then be earmarked to fund future, youth afterschool programming and education.

    June 12, 2019

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