Affordable homes have long been an integral part of the American Dream, and now Habitat for Humanity and Sigora Solar are teaming together to add to the list: affordable energy, clean power, and greener communities.
A new habitat home currently in the final stages of construction in Waynesboro, Virginia was made possible by the first steps of an evolving partnership between Habitat for Humanity and Sigora Solar. Habitat for Humanity has improved the living situations of over 30,000 low-income families by providing labor and materials to build affordable homes. Their 1,400 volunteers and supporting organizations help Habitat for Humanity provide no-profit mortgages to those who need them most.
Here at Sigora Solar, with our commitment to affordable energy, community engagement, and greener development, we donated $8,000 worth of labor and materials to build the 2.75 kW solar energy system, which will offset about four dump truck loads worth of coal over its lifetime.
This project sets the stage for a broader recognition of solar energy as an affordable, renewable, appropriate energy source for everyone – regardless of household income.
“The utility bill savings are greater than the loan payments for this system, meaning the owner is cash-positive from day one,” says Andy Bindea, owner of Sigora Solar. “This is true for many of the systems we design, and the benefits don’t end there. As traditional utility rates continue to increase, solar only becomes more compelling and the benefits of going solar increase. So over time, the system will continually save more money each year, making solar one of the best investments for residences that will save them money every month, for many years.”
Sigora Solar is working hard to make sure Virginia’s energy is healthy for everyone, and has helped fund many community-based energy projects such as the Waynesboro YMCA’s large solar thermal project, Waynesboro’s solar Hiker Shelter, and the Shenandoah’s Boy Scouts solar Nature Shelter. Sigora significantly donates annually to community events like Staunton Earth Day, Waynesboro RiverFest, and Charlottesville’s EcoFair.
The family says this will help them save a significant amount of money. “At the end of the day, it’s going to be a money maker, as far as saving us things, we can do more with our money versus spending it on a high utility bill,” said Charitta Bryant, who will be receiving the house, “we’ll also be able to keep track of how much we save, usage wise, and help out with other families, just to see that it really does work.”