Salem Goodwill to power store entirely with solar energy

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SALEM, Va. (WDBJ) -- Goodwill Industries of the Valleys is going green at its Salem location.

The non-profit partnered with RER Energy Group from Reading, PA to install a 700 panel solar array on top of its 44,000 square foot facility on East Main Street.

The panels will first go into use on Monday and cost less than monthly electric bills, according to Goodwill. They are expected to produce enough electricity to power the entire store, which means Goodwill will no longer have monthly electric bills.

Chief Financial Officer Steven Kelley said over the next 25 years the solar array will save his company more than $200,000.

“This program not only makes good environmental sense, but it also saves money so that we can put more money back into our mission programs to help people in the community,” said Kelley.

The money saved will go toward Goodwill’s workforce development programs.

Goodwill and RER Energy will host a formal ribbon cutting for the solar array on Monday, October 7th at 11 a.m.

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