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The YWCA and Auric Solar flipped the switch Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, on a 53.6 kilowatt solar panel system that will allow Utah’s largest women’s shelter to save more than $160,000 in power costs over the next 25 years.

SALT LAKE CITY — A donation from a Utah tech company will help Utah’s largest women’s shelter save money.

YWCA Utah Wednesday "flipped the switch" on a new 53.6 kilowatt solar electric system that will allow the local nonprofit organization to save more than $160,000 over the next quarter century on its electricity bills. The savings can be used to provide more critically needed programs for women and families who have been victims of domestic violence, said Shauna Spencer, YWCA chief domestic violence services officer.

"Today, about 1 in 3 women in Utah will experience domestic violence in their lifetime," she said. "The most important thing we can do is help the individuals here feel safe. And from feeling safe, envision hope."

YWCA Utah provides shelter, transitional housing, education, and supportive services for women and children who have experienced family violence. The new rooftop solar panel system was installed on the organization’s Kathleen Robison Huntsman Residence, offsetting a third of the building’s electricity needs.

The donation was the first of Auric Solar’s "Buy Solar. Give Solar" program in which for every 100 kilowatts of solar installed commercially and residentially, the company donates 1 kilowatt toward a free solar system to a deserving community organization.

“YWCA Utah has a track record of success helping the community, and their inspiring commitment to serving people will have a ripple effect for generations,” said Auric Solar co-owner Jess Phillips. “That commitment aligns perfectly with what Auric Solar is about and who we strive to be.”

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