A Wisconsin long-term care facility is embracing solar technology in hopes of building a sustainable future and environment for its residents. 

The Sheboygan Senior Community, a 60-bed skilled nursing, assisted living and short-term rehab facility in Sheboygan, WI, broke ground on its new 200.25-kilowatt panel solar energy field on its campus earlier this month. Leaders estimate the change will cut the facility’s current energy use by 28% and save $35,000 annually. 

The solar project is a partnership with local company and tax sponsor Legacy Solar Co-op and is mostly funded by a $242,581 grant from the state’s Office of Energy Innovation. The provider also received $25,000 worth of solar panels from the Solar for Good nonprofit organization. 

The panels will be mounted on the ground on the facility’s 38.5-acre property for residents to see. 

“SSC is fortunate to have the land available for an array of this size, and the opportunity to utilize the latest in battery energy storage systems technology,” said Stephanie Goetz, director of operations and project manager. “We hope our project can be used as an example for other senior healthcare and nonprofit organizations.”