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Aera in the Community Oct 15, 2020

Sunshine brings major energy savings to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County had a new roof and solar-panel system installed at its Bakersfield headquarters in August 2019. The nonprofit has seen $10,000 in energy-cost savings in the last year, despite a dramatic increase in programming during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County had a new roof and solar-panel system installed at its Bakersfield headquarters in August 2019. The nonprofit has seen $10,000 in energy-cost savings in the last year, despite a dramatic increase in programming during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The nonprofit ups programming to help local families through the COVID-19 pandemic, sees $10,000 in energy-cost savings with repaired roof and new solar-panel system

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County has stepped it up during the County’s greatest time of need – extending hours to provide all-day programming and serving meals to more than 1,250 local youth each day during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yet even with increased programming at its Armstrong Youth Center and increased electrical usage, the nonprofit has seen a savings of $10,000 in energy bills a year after its major roof repair and solar-panel system installation, made possible by a donation from Aera Energy.

In March 2020, the club ramped up its hours to provide all-day programming to children of essential workers when schools closed due to COVID-19. It also serves two meals to about 1,250 children each day, including many who may otherwise not have access to nutritious meals with schools closed.

Club officials say the energy savings enables the organization to continue helping families who need their services now more than ever.

“Even with the increasing energy use due to the ongoing health crisis – including two kitchens going at full capacity — the electricity bills for the Armstrong Youth Center continue to be lower than the pre-solar statements.” said Maggie Cushine, director of grants management and program facilitation for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County. “We are so grateful for Aera’s support.”

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