Habitat goes solar

Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity was fully funded for its request of $215,880 that will allow for the installation of solar water heating systems and thermal insulation for 32 Habitat-built homes.

Thomas C. Dorr, agriculture undersecretary for rural development, said Kaua‘i Habitat was one of 17 organizations selected to receive funding from a total of $19.9 million to help rural residents and businesses become more energy efficient. The funds are being awarded through USDA Rural Development’s High Energy Cost Grant program.

In July 2007, the Kaua‘i Habitat board of directors resolved to create an Energy Efficiency Fund in an effort to install solar water heating system on all new Habitat homes. The USDA grant will provide the funding for the solar systems for all the houses Habitat will build for the next few years.

Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity is a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, which is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry. Habitat seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Kaua‘i Habitat was founded in 1993 after Hurricane ‘Iniki struck the island and since then has completed 95 houses around the island from Hanalei to Kekaha, providing 522 people with safe, decent, affordable shelter.

Kaua‘i Habitat is currently developing its ‘Ele‘ele Iluna subdivision on 24 acres in ‘Ele‘ele.

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