Storehouse West food pantry celebrated the addition of 57 solar panels to the facility last week, in hopes of increasing sustainability and saving money on electricity.
The $51,000 investment will save the company $400 to $500 a month on operating costs, according to Jim Payne, Storehouse West executive director.
Payne said the project initially started with donors wanting to contribute to their operation in a sustainable way.
The facility provides about 500 clients a month with canned and non-perishable foods, as well as frozen and refrigerated foods. It also has a walk-in cooler and freezer, which contribute to energy costs.
Payne said about 80 percent of electrical use at Storehouse comes from refrigeration.