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Cumming Gets First Solar Habitat for Humanity Home

Siemens Technology will partner with Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia to build the first solar home in Georgia located in south Forsyth County.

Siemens recently announced a $100,000 partnership with (HFH-NCG) to build the organization’s first solar home in Georgia. That home will be located at Union Hill in south Forsyth County.

Future homeowner Melonie Lingo and her teenage children, Luke and Madie, will join volunteers at the first-nail ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 21.

The home will receive a Siemens Microinverter System that will convert the sun’s power into safe, affordable electric power reducing the Lingo family’s future electric costs.

"Our Microinverter System will create enough energy to offset most, if not all, of the family’s lifetime of electric utility bills," said Barry Contrael, director, Siemens Low Voltage business unit in a news release. "This technology will potentially save the family hundreds of dollars per year."

In addition to the full sponsorship of the build and the solar panel technology, Siemen's will provide employee volunteer labor for the 2012 solar home.

"The Union Hill address is appropriate because it symbolizes the union and partnership between the Lingos, Siemens, all the volunteers and HFH-NCG, said Russ Hayes, CEO, Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia. "We believe this home will be a shining example of Siemens’ technology and dedication to the community and the HFH mission."

The solar panel technology is a vital component of Habitat’s mission to provide ongoing affordable housing and sustainable building practices for deserving families in the north Georgia area. 

The house is scheduled to be completed and dedicated to the Lingo family on Saturday, April 21.

Special K January 12, 2012 at 12:31 AM
It hardly seems appropriate for Habitat to build highly expensive solar-powered houses. Build two or three regular houses instead. Let those who think green and have enough green spend it as they choose... Here in New Jersey, the major power company, with subsidies sufficient to cover the primary costs, is in the process of installing (est.) 3X4 foot panels on telephone poles throughout the state. According to a company spokesman, each panel generates enough energy to power ......six light bulbs (incandescent, wattage not indicated) for one full year!! The panels, fastened near the top of poles (by inference, those exposed to sunlight), add to the already unsightly clutter created by poles, bracing cables, power, telephone and TV cables, etc. It would be nice to have postage-stamp size panels instead. Again, Habitat should just forget about building anything but economical, regular houses, powered with power-company electricity and natural gas.
Ina Minute January 22, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Why is Siemens and Habitat for Humanity building new homes when so many existing homes sit unoccupied? If they want to do something truly useful and green, use all that money to renovate existing homes and make them solar.

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