BUCKHORN, Ky. — Buckhorn Children & Family Services, a nonprofit organization in Eastern Kentucky unveiled their new 10-kW solar installation provided by the nonprofit Everybody Solar, in partnership with MaxSolar, Mountain Association, and HOMES, Inc.
This installation is the first phase of the two-phased project. The nonprofit needs to raise an additional $32,262 to complete the project.
The new solar panels donated by MaxSolar, a provider of O&M, technical and asset management services for commercial solar PV systems, will save Buckhorn about $2,500 annually in electricity. The goal is to install additional panels, doubling the amount of solar-generated and equaling 20.4 kW per year or over $145,000 in savings over 25 years. By installing the panels, Buckhorn hopes to use the savings to purchase needed bedding, blankets, basic hygiene kits, and more for the children in their care.
Buckhorn Children & Family Services serves children who have experienced severe abuse and neglect throughout Kentucky.
Not only will this solar installation increase the impact Buckhorn has on children and families in all 120 counties in Kentucky, but it also provides new job skills to former coal miners whose numbers have grown as coal production in Eastern Kentucky has dropped over the past decade.
Through partner HOMES Inc, an organization that provides affordable and efficient housing solutions to distressed communities in Eastern Kentucky, former coal miners aided in the installation, providing them with new job skills in the energy sector, which has the highest job growth in the country.