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Web Site: http://womenfamilies.org/
169 Colony St., Meriden, CT 06451
Tel: (203) 235-9297 Fax: (203) 237-7571

WFC provides a variety of educational, crisis support and childcare programs designed to improve the quality of life for women and families.

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Women & Families Center Going Green

January 11, 2023

Verogy, a Hartford-based solar energy developer dedicated to delivering industry-leading renewable energy solutions and services, and the Women and Families Center (WFC) today announced the completion and energization of a rooftop solar project at the organization's headquarters on Colony Street in Meriden. With the solar installation now operational, WFC will benefit from significant savings on their electric costs.

"The Women and Families Center has been a great partner on this solar project," said Will Herchel, Chief Executive Officer at Verogy. "WFC does amazing work and we're pleased that by adopting clean energy, the agency will now be able to save on their energy costs, which unfortunately have been steadily rising. It was our pleasure to work with such a forward-looking organization."

In recent years, WFC's electric bills steadily increased, creating a substantial expense for the agency. Thanks to the new solar project, WFC expects their annual electric bills to be reduced by more than 50%, providing a major savings.

"We're grateful for the opportunity to work with Verogy to make our clean energy vision a reality," said Wayne Valaitis, Chief Executive Officer at the Women and Families Center. "Our October 2021 electric bill was $1,308. This past October we were thrilled to see that our bill was only $535; our solar project cut our bill by nearly 60%. The savings on our electric costs will provide a tangible financial benefit, allowing us to direct more of our funding to programs that help families throughout Middlesex County and Greater New Haven."

WFC's 45 KW DC solar installation will produce 68,123 kWh annually, allowing 48.32 metric tons of CO2 to be avoided each year. It is also equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 798 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

Verogy designed, engineered, and installed the project, which was then purchased by WFC who will own the project permanently.

About Verogy - Verogy is a Hartford, CT-based solar developer focused on developing, constructing, and owning commercial, industrial, and small utility-scale projects. Built on 50+ years of combined industry experience, the professionals at Verogy have developed, financed, and constructed hundreds of solar projects across the United States. Learn more at verogy.com.

About The Women and Families Center - Founded in 1889, the Women and Families Center (WFC) is committed to promoting equity and improving quality of life through services that foster empowerment and independence. WFC has been serving Meriden and Central Connecticut for more than 100 years. WFC currently serves more than 3,000 of our communities' most vulnerable residents. WFC provides outreach, transitional housing services and permanent supportive housing services for youth experiencing housing instability; Sexual Assault Crisis Services to survivors of sexual violence along with a 24/7 Hotline; enriched after school programming with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Art and Recreation; vocational training and job placement assistance for low-income men, women and youth.

For more information about WFC's programs, to contribute to our mission, or get involved, please visit www.womenfamilies.org or contact Wayne Valaitis, President and CEO at 475-775-4890 or wvalaitis@womenfamilies.org


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