Today, Congressman Andrews joined the residents of Bellmawr Senior Housing to celebrate the unveiling of a newly installed solar panel project. This project created 15 construction jobs and will result in significant savings for the housing facility, helping it to remain affordable for its tenants.
The $1,038,827 project was funded by the American Recovery Act of 2009, which helped create and sustain millions of jobs across the country. With the help of federal aid, Bellmawr Senior Housing was able to purchase and install 700 solar panels, each of which produces about 240 watts and 30 volts of energy. The electricity generated from these panels will help to power the facility's community room while shaving approximately $30,000 per year from its energy bill. This added savings will alleviate some of the facility's financial burdens so that it can preserve its current staff and provide a better home for its residents.
"The solar panels we are unveiling today are just one small part of our solution to America's jobs crisis," said Congressman Andrews. "As a result of the Recovery Act, this project generated work for a handful of skilled laborers and helped deliver cheap clean energy to these senior citizens. This savings will allow the facilities to spend more money on creating a better quality of life for its residents."
Putting people back to work is America's most urgent problem. Congressman Andrews is determined to continue supporting clean energy projects, like the one at Bellmawr Senior Housing, in an effort to help jump start the economy and set the country back on the course for long-term growth.