NRG Global Giving, NRG Energy’s charitable giving program, donated a solar system to New Jersey non-profit HomeFront. Last week, an 84 kW solar array was unveiled at Homefront’s new headquarters in Ewing, New Jersey. Over 30 NRG employee volunteers worked to install the panels.
“NRG is thrilled to provide a path for HomeFront to utilize clean energy in order to save on energy costs and reinvest in important programs benefiting New Jersey families,” said Tanuja Dehne, NRG’s Chief Administrative Officer. “At NRG, we are not only working to transform the energy industry – our employees are also working to improve the quality of life for customers and our neighbors.”
The installation is expected to provide half of the electricity for the site when it opens in September. This will be a significant cost savings for the non-profit, who will be able to put more resources into direct work with homeless families.
In addition to to cost savings, the solar array will provide an additional service to HomeFront families. It will serve as a learning lab, providing education about the power of renewable energy and its potential.
“We are incredibly proud to electrify the array this week and join NRG to ‘flip the switch’ and begin producing renewable power,” said Connie Mercer, Chief Executive Officer of HomeFront. “Our partnership is a fantastic example of the private sector and a non-government organization working together toward a common goal: making our world a better place, one family and one solar panel at a time.”
HomeFront’s mission is to end homelessness in Central New Jersey. The new Family Campus will be a one-stop social services campus to help families get back on their feet. The decommissioned Marine Reserve Center in Ewing, New Jersey has been retrofitted to house the new HomeFront facility.
NRG has been helping HomeFront work toward their mission for many years. NRG has sponsored HomeFront’s summer camp program as well as provided monetary donations. They have also been a part of back to school drives and other programs.
With the White House Solar Initiative that was announced in the spring, we may begin to see more partnerships like this one.