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LUM 'flips switch' on new solar panels

Lafayette Urban Ministry is now running on solar energy.

Posted: Jan. 15, 2019 12:01 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- Lafayette Urban Ministry is now running on solar energy. The organization 'flipped the switch' on its brand new solar roof panels Monday afternoon.

The now-complete solar panel project cost a total of $114,900.00. The money was collected through several donors, including the McAllister Foundation, Tipmont REMC and Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette. 

Community members, donors and children from LUM's after school program were all present for the presentation and flipping of the switch.

LUM's Executive Director Joe Micon said the project has only been in the works for about six months.

He said the donors that contributed are all people who are environmentally oriented and care very deeply about the planet, but that's not the only reason why those people chose to donate to the project.

"They really saw a neat, educational component in this where they could pass on to the next generation their own passion for renewable energy," Micon said. 

The solar panels will save LUM around $5,500.00 in electrical costs every year.

Because of those savings, the board has committed to freezing its rates for the after school program for the next three years.

Micon also said that LUM will soon provide an online monitor for the solar panels on its website.

That feature will display how much solar energy is being produced in a monetary value at LUM.

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