It just got a little sunnier in Gaithersburg, Maryland. On April 18, 2016, a family of five “flipped the switch” to turn on the solar system that will help power their home with clean, renewable energy for decades to come. The home, which was renovated and provided by Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland, has been equipped with a 4.2 kW Direct Energy Solar system that should supply more than one-third of their energy needs and save the family thousands of dollars over the next 20 years.
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Abebe Woldesenbet and Amsal Demeke emigrated from Ethiopia in 2001, but they found the transition difficult as they frequently relocated between inadequate apartments with their 3 children until becoming proud homeowners—with the help of Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland. Though overjoyed to be homeowners, the couple said they were shocked and scared by their first few energy bills. After reaching out to Habitat for assistance, Habitat, in turn, reached out to us. Our Direct Energy Solar Community Involvement Council looked at their new home and was happy to donate a 16-panel, 4.2 kW system to help offset the family’s electricity cost.
“We were shocked by the first energy bill. With these solar panels, we are hoping to save a lot of money,” said Amsal.
“We are so happy we will be able to pay our energy bills now. We are very excited,” Abebe said. “We are living our American dream.”
Habitat for Humanity has been building energy-efficient homes for years, but with the growth of renewable energy across the country, they turned to Direct Energy Solar to provide a custom-designed system that brings energy efficiency to new levels.
“This is a milestone event today. This is the first time we’ve had solar panels on one of our homes,” said Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland’s Executive Director, John Paukstis.
In addition to the financial benefits, the donated system will generate 96,000 kWh of clean power, offsetting 128,000 pounds of carbon dioxide over its expected lifetime.
“We expect this family to save over $20,000 over the next 20 years in energy,” said Direct Energy Solar VP and General Manager Cory Byzewski. “And on top of that, we expect this system to save about 70,000 pounds of coal that would otherwise be burned for this energy.”
Want to learn more about switching to solar energy? At Direct Energy Solar, we are committed to helping homeowners go solar as easily as possible and provide financing options that can meet any household situation. We will take the time to present you with the most accurate home site assessment available in the industry and guarantee your system’s energy production, materials and workmanship. Request a no-obligation site assessment today.