Solar Helps Jewish Community Center Lead By Example

Connecticut-based Green Street Power Partners LLC (GSPP) has completed construction on a 283 kW solar project at the Shames Jewish Community Center on the Hudson (JCC) in Tarrytown, N.Y.

Spanning three roofs on JCC’s community center, aquatics center and fitness center, the project is expected to offset approximately 65% of JCC’s power, saving the nonprofit about $1.5 million over its lifetime.

For JCC leadership, the decision to go solar was an easy one to make: “We saw solar power as a way to accomplish a number of things at once,” says Rabbi Andrew Ergas, executive director of JCC. “We could save money on our energy costs so that more of our membership and fundraising dollars could be spent on programming and enhancing the member experience at the JCC. It would allow us to reduce our carbon footprint by using a renewable energy source. Plus, we had a unique opportunity to lead our community by example – to walk the walk, not just talk about our responsibility to care for our planet and our environment. ‘Tikkun Olam’ is a central Jewish value. It means ‘repair the world.'”

“Nonprofits provide so much to the community,” states Scott Kerner, CEO and co-founder of GSPP. “Every little bit they can save is just that much more they’re able to give back to what really matters – the members of the community. We truly look forward to helping JCC and as many other nonprofits as we can.”

According to GSPP, JCC’s system is scheduled to be fully operational in spring of next year.

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