Georgia Funeral Home Goes Green

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Soenso Energy president, Roger K. Cone, announced late last year that work is complete on the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of White Columns Funeral Chapel in Mableton, Georgia. This is believed to be the first installation of clean, renewable solar power on a funeral home in the state of Georgia. The 5.8kW system is designed to offset approximately 40 percent of the annual electricity energy needs of this facility in south Cobb County.

White Columns Funeral Chapel’s new solar PV array consists of twenty-eight 210W Schuco-USA solar PV modules mounted on a south-facing portion of the funeral home’s roof. The PV modules generate DC power that is fed into a 5000W SMA-America inverter. The inverter converts the DC power to AC power. The AC power is fed into the electrical panel of the building where it is dispersed wherever needed throughout the facility. The building uses this solar-generated electricity first and, if needed, seamlessly and automatically pulls from the utility grid to keep the facility fully powered.

Currently there are generous Federal and Georgia financial incentives in place for commercial installations of renewable energy. For commercial solar PV installations the Federal incentive is a 30 percent income tax credit or grant, and the Georgia incentive is a 35 percent income tax credit or rebate. There are published maximum limits on Georgia renewable energy incentives.

Owned and operated by the Gene Davis family which has been serving Mableton, Austell, Powder Springs, and Lithia Springs, Georgia, since 1964. On the Web: http://www.whitecolumnsfuneralchapel.com, Phone: 770-948-0113, Location: 1115 Clay Road, Mableton, GA 30126.

Senseo Energy is located in Marietta, Georgia, near Atlanta. they are a leading supplier and installer of commercial and residential renewable energy products – solar thermal hot water systems, solar photovoltaic (PV) for generating electricity and small wind turbines for generating electricity. These renewable energy technologies qualify for Federal and Georgia clean energy income tax credits. On the Web: http://www.soenso.com.

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