For several years (probably longer) we have dreamed about putting a solar array on our rooftop at our main office in The Plains, Ohio. Last year, we got serious about the idea and worked with a committee to assess our options and get a plan in place to move forward.
Our plan involves working with Third Sun Sola
r to install a 17.5 Kilowatt system on our building. We are also working with New Resource Solutions
on a Power Purchase Agreement that will help us finance the project.
One of the reasons this project is really important to us is because our headquarters, The Kuhre Center for Rural Renewal, is located in the former offices of the Johnson Brothers. The brothers, operated several coal mines in the region as the Johnson Coal Mining Company. Our office sits on top of a hill adjacent to the historic Eclipse Company Town
, a former mining community.
In many ways, much of our work centers on partnering with communities and organizations to restore our land back to a healthy state from historical extractive land practices that took place across the region for more than 200 years. Pre-regulation coal mining, timber, and iron extraction are examples of some of the practices that occurred. We also educate communities, farmers and landowners, and schoolchildren about wise land use and the sustainable development of our regions assets. Together, we are building a new narrative for our region, and this solar project will help us continue tell our new story.
We are asking for your help in raising the funds necessary to offset the cost of our system and shorten the term of our lease agreement, so that we can focus on putting more of our time and resources into the really important stuff, our programming!
As an organization, we are also committed to lightening our impact on the earth as we do our work. We have already undertaken several projects in our offices such as installing energy efficient water heaters, LED lighting at our main office, and a robust recycling and composting program. The installation of this solar array is a major step in helping us minimize our footprint and will become another way we are walking the walk towards a sustainable future for Appalachian Ohio.
Please give what you can and help us harvest the sun for many years to come!
Who We Are:
Rural Action is a regional community development organization with an 18-county footprint working with members and community leaders on a range of quality of life, environmental, and economic projects across Appalachian Ohio. For over 25 years, we have been working to build a more just economy by developing the region’s assets in socially, financially, and environmentally sustainable ways. Learn more about us and join as a member at www.ruralaction.org
How You Can Help
There are several ways you can help us reach our goal. Any gift will help, but we have provided a couple ideas here. There are other ways to help as well. Thank you for your support.
· Contributing $50 will cover the cost of installation and generation for a day. It will also prevent the release of 61 lbs of CO2 into the atmosphere.
· Contributing $350 will cover our costs for one week and prevent the release of 427 lbs. of CO2 into the atmosphere.
· Start your own fundraising page! If 25 people each help us raise $350 with the help of their friends and family or workplace, we can reach our goal!
· Whether you start your own page, or want to help a friend or organization fundraise, you can share this page online with friends and family!
· Not big on giving online? Just give us a call at 740.677.4047 and we can take your gift over the phone or by check.
Why Your Help Matters
· By supporting this project, you will help us walk our talk and do a better job of living our values. We want to be an example to our members, partners, and visitors that we are moving towards our vision of creating thriving communities and healthy environments, where we can all rely on renewable resources like the sun to meet our energy needs.
· You will help us reduce our carbon footprint. Over the next 20 years, we anticipate preventing the release of 216 tons (432,000 lbs.) of CO2 into the atmosphere.
· You will also help put more dollars into programming. Over 20 years, the anticipated cost savings in excess of $30,000 will help us do even more to help people in the region.
If We Exceed Our Goal
If we exceed our fundraising goal, we plan to continue down a green path in our facilities and put any additional dollars to work on energy efficiency projects. We are committed to using these funds to minimizing the carbon footprint of our operations.