Solar panels save charity thousands


More than two hundred solar panels line the roof at the Runnin’ WJ Ranch.

The non-profit, which assists disabled children by using horse therapy, usually pays about twenty-five thousand dollars a year for electricity.  Executive Director Sam Clem said, “Our electric bill was one of the largest chunks of money going out that we couldn’t control.”  That is, until an eighty-nine thousand dollar Christmas donation made the solar panel purchase possible.  

The panels were installed in March.  The group’s latest electricity bill shows a credit.  Clem said the money saved will help them serve even more children.  “Plus, I like being green. We’re one hundred percent green.  And, we have brand new heaters from McDonald’s that the children, in the winter, will be able to ride in a comfortable, climate controlled setting.”  

Volunteers said all of these little miracles are having a huge impact on everyone.  Volunteer Ron Isaacson said, “When … everything pulls together, you gotta really realize that God was behind this whole operation not us. We’re just vessels.”

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