From left, Habitat Pinellas interim CEO Ron Spoor, Solar Energy Management owner Brett Emes with homeowners Jose and Silvia Jimenez and their son, Geraldo. The solar electric panels that Solar Energy Management donated and installed on the roof of the Jimenez home are the basis of a pilot program that Habitat Pinellas will analyze over the next year.
Solar Energy Management, a solar power company headquartered in Tampa, recently donated and installed a 5.62KW solar electric system on a Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County home in Pinellas Park, the first Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County home to use solar electricity.
“SEM is proud to donate the 5.62KW solar power system and provide the new homeowner with a near-zero energy home,” said Scott McIntyre, CEO of SEM. “Over the course of its 25-year life cycle, the system will save the homeowner more than $50,000 in energy costs, and at the same time eliminate 150 tons from the homeowner’s carbon footprint, which is the equivalent of planting 3,495 trees.”
The first Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County solar-powered home will utilize additional energy efficient technologies, including solar hot water, insulated windows, attic insulation and efficient air conditioning, all in an effort to help the homeowner keep energy costs down. Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County will work with the homeowner to evaluate the energy cost savings over the initial 12 months as part of a pilot program analyzing the benefits of solar electricity.
The 5.62KW solar power system was donated and installed by SEM and its suppliers and financial contributors: GexPro Orlando, First Housing and PCM Precision.