Since 1924, City Union Mission has provided warm beds, nutritious food, and a place of safety for thousands of poverty-stricken and homeless men, women, and children in Kansas City.
City Union Mission depends entirely on gifts—charitable donations from individuals, churches, groups, foundations, and businesses who have a heart for the poor and homeless. Every dollar counts, and their electricity costs were an unpredictable, uncontrollable operating expense.
City Union Mission partnered with the Brightergy–Black & Veatch alliance to install solar panels and energy systems on the rooftops of five of their buildings. Generating their own solar energy will save the faith-based shelter approximately $400,000 in energy expenses over the next 20 years, ensuring more funds for their mission.
The rooftop solar energy installations will also lock in their energy prices for the lifetime of the array for predictable energy modeling and budgeting. Brightergy’s innovative lease financing meant the Mission was able to install the panels at no up-front cost, so they started saving money from day one.