In June of 2021 Semcac Community Action Agency began getting credits on their electric bill for power generated by a 37.5 kW name-plate solar PV array at their warehouse just outside of Rushford, MN.
Melissa Feine, weatherization program coordinator at Semcac shares that “the solar electric system will pay for itself in six or seven years and then all the energy savings will go toward advancing the mission of the organization.”
Semcac is a community action agency, a special kind of nonprofit created by legislation in 1964 to fight poverty. Semcac empowers and advocates for people to enhance their self-sufficiency and maximize community resources. The agency was established in 1966 and serves 12 counties in southeastern Minnesota with a variety of services like Head Start, Senior Dining, Meals on Wheels, food shelves, Rolling Hills Transit, housing, Energy Assistance, and Weatherization.