ASHEVILLE, NC – The YWCA of Asheville will hold a solar panel dedication celebration on Earth Day, April 22, at 8:00 am at the YWCA, 185 S. French Broad Avenue. This event, which is sponsored by Progress Energy, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Supporters of the YWCA Solar Project, such as the William H. and Frances O. Beattie Foundation, will be celebrated. This YWCA Solar Project is in the memory of Ske Bonsike.
The 30 solar panels that have been installed at the YWCA provide energy to heat water for the agency’s pool, showers, and kitchen. The benefits of solar energy include the economic benefit of a 20% reduction in YWCA natural gas utility bills. From an environmental perspective, the YWCA’s solar panels will prevent 18 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year. Moreover, the YWCA is proud to be leading Buncombe County in energy independence.
The mission of the YWCA is eliminating racism and empowering women. For more information about the YWCA’s many social change programs, go to www.ywcaofasheville.org.