MRIGlobal research and development organization spearheaded an effort to provide solar power at no cost to a deserving Habitat for Humanity Kansas City family. MRIGlobal manages and operates SolarTAC, the largest test facility for solar technologies in the United States. Habitat for Humanity Kansas City provides homeownership opportunities for low income families that would not be able to achieve homeownership through traditional means. Its mission is to eliminate poverty housing by building safe, decent affordable homes for families in need.
Local contractors provided the resources needed to install a solar power system in the Habitat home owned by Natalie Love-Maxberry, who works for the Kansas City Missouri police department as a parking control officer. On August 27, 2011, crews installed the solar energy panels and system at the newly constructed home in Kansas City, Missouri. Solar converts sunlight to electricity, resulting in lower utility bills. Solar panels produce no emissions and don’t harm the environment.
MRIGlobal provided funding toward purchase of the solar panels and led the collaboration with the following companies: AMP donated the installation of the photovoltaic panels and racking for the roof of the home. Parris Communications contributed funding for the solar panels. Stanion Wholesale Electric Co. provided the MyGen Kyocera 2.5kW system at cost, along with electrical supplies to complete the installation, and Stephens Electric donated labor to install the electrical components and will file the appropriate interconnection documents on behalf of Habitat for Humanity Kansas City.
“We are so excited to be a part of this continued partnership with MRIGlobal,” said Yahna Gibson, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Kansas City. “Habitat for Humanity Kansas City is committed to building the most energy efficient sustainable home possible. Our goal is that our homeowners not only have a safe place to live, but also a home that keeps their energy costs down and keeps it affordable for long term success. The partners that came together to make this project happen are truly a blessing to our families.”
MRIGlobal is a not-for-profit research and development organization which, delivers global solutions in national security and defense, energy and environment, life and animal sciences, agriculture and food safety, and transportation. MRIGlobal is based in Kansas City, Missouri and operates in nine states and Washington, D.C., and manages more than 3,000 employees. MRIGlobal is one of two partners in the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, which manages and operates the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., for the U.S. Department of Energy. For more information, visit www.mriglobal.org.
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