On Tuesday, June 20th, Agrace Hospice Care commemorated the completion of its 87-kilowatt solar array with a ribbon cutting. Founded in 1978, Agrace Hospice Care is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide personalized care and support for life’s changing health needs. 

Installed by Full Spectrum Solar, their 212-panel solar system is projected to produce 343,481 kilowatt hours annually, offsetting 31% of the organization’s annual usage. This solar system is just one aspect of Agrace’s plan for carbon neutrality by 2025. “There are absolutely financial savings that we will begin to enjoy a decade from now, but that’s not high on our reasons for doing this,” said Lynn Sexten, CEO of Agrace. “Making sure our services are available to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay, means we’re making sure we’re being a good corporate citizen, a good community partner, and helping to further cleaner air in our local communities.”

This project was made possible thanks mainly to Focus on Energy incentives and a Solar for Good grant. Created in partnership with the Couillard Solar Foundation, RENEW Wisconsin’s Solar for Good program provided Agrace Hospice Care with a $10,000 grant to use toward their solar project. 

As a nonprofit, Agrace strives to allocate as many resources as possible to direct caregiving and community services. The funds saved through this solar project will be reinvested in Janesville and other areas, ensuring the continued provision of exceptional care to those in need. By embracing solar energy and other initiatives that reduce its carbon footprint, Agrace sets an example for sustainable practices within its organization and the wider community.

To achieve their ambitious carbon-neutral goals, completing the solar array at their Janesville facility is just the beginning of Agrace’s commitment to renewable energy. They also have plans to install a solar array at their Madison facility, further emphasizing their dedication to environmental stewardship. Agrace aims to raise awareness about the positive impact of solar power on reducing operational costs, allowing for increased investment in patient care and community programs for years to come.

By embracing solar energy, Agrace demonstrates its determination to minimize its carbon footprint and allocate resources where needed most. As they continue expanding their renewable energy initiatives, Agrace paves the way for a brighter and more sustainable future for their organization and the communities they serve.