For Kids Only Afterschool reaps the benefits of using solar power
REVERE – July 5, 2017 – Solar panels installed a year ago at For Kids Only Afterschool’s new Youth In Motion (YIM) building in Revere are proving they were worth the investment.
The panels have produced $3,334 in electricity, which For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) did not have to purchase from National Grid. FKO also sold $1,500 of their SREC shares on the open market. Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) are certificates earned by producing solar energy.
“It has been just one year since YIM opened its doors, and we are already seeing a profit from investing in a clean energy solution,” explained Deborah Kneeland Keegan, FKO’s Executive Director. “Fighting climate change and building a sustainable future are important to FKO and an important lesson to the children we serve.”
The solar installation on the rooftop of YIM consists of 96 panels that produce 25.0 kW of energy at full capacity. The panels are producing more electricity, as the days are now longer. FKO and YIM will continue to track savings to get a full year’s savings history.
“For Kids Only Afterschool is an invaluable partner for the City of Revere,” said Revere Mayor Brian M. Arrigo. “Embracing clean, renewable energy enhances their role as a leader in our community.”
The solar installations have also provided YIM staff with the unique ability to teach concepts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to the students at Youth In Motion, an EEC licensed program. Here, school-age children are guided to develop key life building skills of self-esteem, teamwork, social responsibility and cooperation. Instructors coach children and youth in age-appropriate concepts of fitness, nutrition and overall health (social, emotional and physical) through daily enrichment classes, wellness activities and one-on-one and small group discussions. FKO children include those from low-income households, with disabilities, who are English language learners or from newcomer populations, or who need supervised socialization activities.
For over 30 years, For Kids Only Afterschool has provided year-round, high-quality out-of-school time programming in communities in the Greater Boston area. Youth In Motion provides high quality, safe and affordable out-of-school time care for over 100 school-age children.