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Earth Day at LUM – Solar Panel Energy Update

This week started with the celebration of Earth Day. In that spirit, here is an update on the LUM Solar Energy Initiative launched three months ago. To date, the LUM Office building has generated over $1,100 worth of electricity.

In addition to the environmental benefits of going solar, the savings to LUM will potentially be more than $5,000 per year. This total includes the savings from the reduction in energy needed as well as revenue from trading Solar Renewable Energy Credits. This money will be re-invested in LUM programs & services in support of local families. This savings will also allow LUM to freeze the enrollment fees for the LUM After School Program for the next three years. As the days grow longer and there are more days with bright sun and clear skies, the amount of energy generated daily will keep increasing. Stay tuned for more updates in the future.

LUM Solar Energy Initiative Update

Over $500 – Energy Generated So Far
Despite the short days, overcast skies and snowfall, the solar panels on the LUM Office building have generated over $500 worth of electricity in just two months. In addition to the environmental benefits of going solar, the savings to LUM will potentially be $6,618 per year. This total includes the savings from the reduction in energy needed as well as revenue from trading Solar Renewable Energy Credits. This money will be re-invested in LUM programs & services in support of local families. This savings will also allow LUM to freeze the enrollment fees for the LUM After School Program for the next three years. As the days grow longer and there are more days with bright sun and clear skies, the amount of energy generated daily will increase substantially. Stay tuned for more update in the future.

You’re Invited – “Flip the Switch” Ceremony


LUM Goes Solar – Monday, January 14 at 4 p.m.

The LUM Solar Energy Project is completed and the switch will be flipped to solar energy Monday, January 14, at a special ceremony.

Please join us at the “Flip the Switch” Ceremony and witness this historic milestone for LUM. Here are the details:
  • Date: Monday, January 14 | Time: 4 p.m.
  • Location: LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette
Not only will you see the new steel roof, solar panels, utility boxes and online energy monitor but you will also meet our donors, grant providers, and contractors.
Light refreshments will be served. No RSVP is necessary.
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In late December, the solar panels were installed on the new steel roof on the LUM Office building — completing the final stage of the LUM Solar Energy Project. The installation was done by the team at Jefferson Electric of Indianapolis (pictured below).

In addition to the environmental benefits of going solar, the saving will potentially be $6,618 per year. This total includes the savings from the reduction in energy needed as well as revenue from trading Solar Renewable Energy Credits. This money will be re-invested in LUM programs & services in support of local families.


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LUM Solar Energy Project – Final Stages


Solar Panels Installed – “Flip the Switch” Scheduled


In late December, the solar panels were installed on the new steel roof on the LUM Office building — completing the final stage of the LUM Solar Energy Project. The installation was done by the team at Jefferson Electric of Indianapolis (pictured above).

In addition to the environmental benefits of going solar, the saving will potentially be $6,618 per year. This total includes the savings from the reduction in energy needed as well as revenue from trading Solar Renewable Energy Credits. This money will be re-invested in LUM programs & services in support of local families.

The “switch” will be “flipped” soon and you’re invited. Here are the Ceremony details:

  • Flip the Switch Ceremony – LUM Solar Energy Project
  • Monday, January 14 | 4 p.m. | LUM Office, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette

Please join us for this historic LUM event. No RSVP necessary.


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$29,500 Gift from the McAllister Foundation


Support for the LUM Emergency Fund & Solar Energy

The McAllister Foundation recently awarded LUM $29,500. Five thousand dollars is for the LUM Good Samaritan Fund; and $22,500 is for the LUM Solar Energy Project.

A new steel roof was installed on the LUM Office building, completing the first phase of the LUM Solar Energy Project. With the McAllister Foundation money a solar energy system (35.710 kW) will be installed next week. In addition to the environmental benefits of going solar, the saving will potentially be $6,618 per year. This total includes the savings from the reduction in energy needed as well as revenue from trading Solar Renewable Energy Credits. This money will be re-invested in LUM programs & services in support of local families.

The project will be completed in January. If you would be interested in making a capital gift to the LUM Solar Energy Project, please email Joe Micon. If you wish to donate to the Good Samaritan Fund, click below.

Thank you to the McAllister Foundation and the McAllister family for their continued support Lafayette Urban Ministry.


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LUM Awarded EnviroWatts Grant for Solar Panels


Tipmont REMC Invests in LUM Solar Energy Project

Tipmont REMC awarded LUM a $10,000 EnviroWatts grant.

In October, the roof on the LUM Office building was replaced with a new steel roof, completing the first phase of the LUM Solar Energy Project. With the EnviroWatts Grant money a solar energy system (35.710 kW) will be installed. LUM has applied for other grants for this project.

In addition to the environmental benefits of going solar, the saving will potentially be $6,618 per year. This total includes the savings from the reduction in energy needed as well as revenue from trading Solar Renewable Energy Credits. This money will be re-invested in LUM programs & services in support of local families.

Thank you to Tipmont REMC and the members of the EnviroWatts Trust Board. {Pictured above with Joe Micon, LUM executive director is Rob Ford, Communication Director for Tipmont REMC.}



The entire project should be completed by January 1, 2019. If you would be interested in making a capital gift to the LUM Solar Energy Project, please email Joe Micon (jmicon@lumserve.org).

{Pictured L to R from Advanced Exteriors of Otterbein: Derek Wolfe and Dustin Helterban, owner. For more photos, click HERE.}


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LUM Solar Energy Project – Progress Report


New LUM Roof — Going Solar & Saving Money

Lafayette Urban Ministry has begun a project to bring solar energy to the office building at 420 N 4th Street, downtown Lafayette. Thanks to a $34,900 grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, LUM was able to begin the first phase of the LUM Solar Energy Project — replacing the current roof with a new steel roof. Other monies have already been secured from the LUM Campaign for the Future Fund ($20,000) and two anonymous donors ($2,500). Thank you, Community Foundation!

The steel roof installation will be completed by the weekend, and then a solar energy system (35.710 kW) will be installed. In addition to the environmental benefits of going solar, the saving will potentially be $6,618 per year. This total includes the savings from the reduction in energy needed as well as revenue from trading Solar Renewable Energy Credits. This money will be re-invested in LUM programs & services in support of local families.



The entire project should be completed by January 1, 2019. If you would be interested in making a capital gift to the LUM Solar Energy Project, please email Joe Micon (jmicon@lumserve.org).

{Pictured L to R from Advanced Exteriors of Otterbein: Derek Wolfe and Dustin Helterban, owner. For more photos, click HERE.}


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