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Ecogy Energy Helps American Red Cross in Tinton Falls Reduce Carbon Emissions

TINTON FALLS, N.J. - November 15, 2022 - (Newswire.com)

Today, Ecogy Energy ("Ecogy"), in partnership with the American Red Cross, unveiled their latest renewable energy project. The 120.1 kWdc solar system, developed by Brooklyn-based Ecogy, will provide the nonprofit with all the solar energy it needs to offset annual on-site electricity use, making the building net-zero.

The Red Cross New Jersey Region entered the solar development process with their local community at heart and top of mind. By installing solar on-site, the Red Cross will not only reduce their own need for electricity but will also help New Jersey reach its goal of 50% renewable energy sources by 2030.

The first rooftop solar array system (completed in 2022) will directly provide power for on-site usage. The second system, however, will be a community solar project that will provide no-cost subscriptions to local residents. These subscriptions will enable local households to access renewable energy and receive a discount on a portion of their electric bill with no cost to sign up.

"The savings generated by building this solar system atop our roof will allow us to commit even more resources to providing quality support to communities and families in need," said Rosie Taravella, regional chief executive officer, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. "As a humanitarian organization that serves families and communities impacted by climate disasters, our goal is to minimize our own environmental footprint. We're excited to be doing our part here in New Jersey."

The 120.1 kWdc rooftop system will produce roughly 2.7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity over the next 20 years, equivalent to powering 19 homes over the same term, or the emissions avoided from burning over 2.1 million pounds of coal.

The above environmental benefits afforded by the solar array will be instrumental in helping the Red Cross become a more sustainable organization, while also creating a blueprint for future installations. 

Rooftop systems provide the added benefit of maintaining undisturbed areas such as greenfields and forests. By developing on the built environment, no additional impervious surfaces were created, groundwater flow remains the same, and no trees were cut down. 

"The American Red Cross is a pillar of light and hope for communities across the globe." Commented Jack Bertuzzi, CEO, Ecogy Energy. "It is an honor to support the Red Cross in furthering the deployment of renewable energy. We are continually impressed by their dedication to supporting communities, and we hope to continue to work with them in the future."

Brooklyn-based developer, financier, and owner-operator Ecogy will sell the power produced by the system back to the Red Cross through a power purchase agreement. In exchange, Ecogy will retain the Solar Renewable Energy Credits ("SREC") generated for each MW of solar energy and have the option to trade or sell them like a stock option.

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Digitunity Report Identifies Need for Computers to Address Rural America’s Digital Divide

A new report examines the technology gap in rural areas and identifies ways communities can spur computer donations.

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. - December 5, 2022 - (Newswire.com)

Rural areas in the U.S. struggle to provide residents with broadband internet access and the computers needed to maximize the benefits of online educational and economic resources. Digitunity, a non-profit organization committed to ending the digital divide, has released a commissioned report on the potential causes and solutions to the rural digital divide. 

"We know the digital divide has few boundaries," said Scot Henley, executive director of Digitunity. "It exists in large coastal cities and small towns in America's heartland. It affects people across demographics. With this report, we now know more about why that divide exists and how communities can resolve it."

Areas with substantial internet access and usage typically have higher levels of economic and community development in comparison to those with lower levels of use. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, passed in late 2021, dedicated an unprecedented amount of federal funding toward increasing broadband availability and adoption in less connected areas.

Digitunity's report, written by Oklahoma State University professor Brian E. Whitacre, discusses the direct correlation between internet access and rural economic development. It also looks in depth at the issue of device ownership, focusing on nationwide access and usage of large-screen devices recognized as superior to smartphones in the digital equity space. 

The three major segments of the report, titled "Status Quo," "Supply," and "Support," cover the socio-demographics impacted, as well as the supply chain processes and support networks working to resolve the digital divide rural communities face. The report's findings align with Digitunity's mission and focus on partnership networks. 

"Since its inception, Digitunity has operated on the belief that community-based organizations are essential to ending the digital divide," Henley said. "This report clearly defines the problems facing rural communities and how they can work with organizations like Digitunity to foster the solutions to those problems."

To learn more about Digitunity's mission to eliminate the digital divide in both rural and urban communities, please visit digitunity.org.  

About Digitunity
Since the 1980s, Digitunity has advanced digital inclusion by connecting donors of technology with organizations serving people in need. Our mission is to ensure everyone who needs a computer has one, along with robust internet connectivity and digital literacy skills. To learn more about our mission, please visit digitunity.org.

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