DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A student group, UD RE-volv, is launching their second solar panel project in the Dayton.
In August, RE-volv installed panels at Mission of Mary, an urban farm with several locations around Dayton.
The crowd-sourcing campaign raised roughly $30,000.
“We just kept working at it and it came to be. I couldn’t be happier with what we did,” said Collin Joern, a UD graduate student and former project leader.
Mission of Mary will lease the panels for 20 years, paying a small utility bill to RE-volv. The money goes back into the program to create more projects.
The next project with benefit East End Community Services in the Twin Towers neighborhood.
East End helps people connect to community resources and has been involved in fighting the opioid crisis.
East End does already have a small solar system.
“With this array and their previous array, it will be about 60 percent of energy coming from solar. You put that with their energy bills and what they save… they can improve and enrich the community,” said Sam Dasco, a Project Leader for UD RE-volv.
The two projects differ in size, so UD RE-volv will face engineering obstacles in this new campaign.
“You have to reconsider all the attachment methods. It’s also a bigger project at East End. They have a lot more energy need there. But bringing all these non-profits together to produce their own energy and own it..that’s an amazing thing,” said Zak Federer, a Solar program manager for RE-volv.
The East End campaign is hoping to bring in $60,000.
You can donate here.