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Not-for-Profit Social Service Agency in New York Goes Solar

Community Concern goes green with solar energy

June 18, 2012

DERBY – Community Concern is known for its commitment to enhancing the health of the citizens of the Western New York community. This mission is continued by installing a new 104-panel rooftop solar energy system. Every kilowatt-hour of electricity produced by this 23.3kw display becomes a valuable source of electricity, which in turn reduces operating costs, pollution, and strengthens the long-term viability of the organization.
The new solar energy system was installed by Solar Liberty of Buffalo. Solar Liberty has recently installed 3,200 panels on University at Buffalo’s North Campus, as well as other nonprofit organizations.
“This practical energy alternative will save approximately $1,500 in electrical savings annually and produce 23,000 kwh of solar electricity” Executive Director Jerry Bartone said. “The money saved will go towards increasing access to Community Concern’s services, and aiding our vision of leading the region in evidence-based best practice human services in Western New York.”
Aside from saving money, the system produces zero pollution, and offsets the building’s carbon footprint by 388 tons of carbon dioxide. This is equivalent to 2,000 gallons of gasoline and recycling 6.2 tons of waste.
The installation of the solar panel system promotes societal well-being by protecting the environment from carbon emissions, and health problems associated with pollution. Community Concern is excited about the new addition to their building, and the benefits it will produce not only for their organization, but the surrounding community as well.
About Community Concern
Community Concern of WNY, Inc. is a not-for-profit social service agency founded in 1971 by concerned community residents to improve the quality of life for those in social or emotional distress. Community Concern continues to fulfill their mission to deliver the needed human services intended to reduce social and emotional distress and thereby improve individual/family functioning and quality of life.
Services are funded by the Erie County Department of Senior Services, Towns of Evans, Brant, Collins, North Collins and Eden, and Individual and business contributions. Visit or their Facebook page for more information.
About Solar Liberty
Solar Liberty is the largest solar electric installer in New York State, and named by Inc. Magazine as the 5th fastest growing private company in the U.S. energy sector in 2008. Since being founded in 2003, Solar Liberty has been committed to promoting energy independence through the widespread installation of solar electric systems. The company installs photovoltaic (PV) solar electric systems on homes, government, nonprofit, education and commercial buildings. Offices are located in Buffalo and Syracuse. Visit for more information.

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