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Goodwill Unveils Solar Array at Oviedo Store to Benefit Local Job Seekers

Earlier this week, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida went green by unveiling a solar array installed on the roof of its Oviedo retail store. As part of Goodwill’s “Solar for Good” initiative, the 140-kW, 12,000-square-foot array will generate cost savings to benefit job training and placement programs.

Orlando-based NovaSol Energy was the project’s developer, and Duke Energy supported the project with a SunSense grant. The 423-panel system will offset an estimated 80 percent of the store’s annual electricity needs. It is also part of Goodwill’s “Made in America” initiative and was manufactured by Suniva in the U.S.

Goodwill plans to compare electricity suppliers and install solar arrays at nine of its locations across Central Florida. There are some practical tips for solar installation. Over the next 25 years, the installations are expected to save nearly $5.4 million and divert nearly 59,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Defraying these costs will allow the nonprofit to provide job training and placement to an estimated 42,000 more Central Floridians.

“Sustainability is something we practice every day at Goodwill – turning generous donations from our community into job training and placement opportunities for Central Floridians,” said Bill Oakley, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. “Generating renewable energy with Solar for Good is the next natural step, and we look forward to serving more job-seekers in our community through this initiative.”

Goodwill CEO Bill Oakley addresses the crowd at the Oviedo retail store

Goodwill CEO Bill Oakley addresses the crowd at the Oviedo retail store

The Oviedo array is Goodwill’s second Solar for Good project. In April 2014, Goodwill installed a 14,000-square-foot rooftop array on its Waterford Lakes Retail Store. Since then, the array has offset approximately 76 percent of the store’s total energy. Between the Waterford Lakes and Oviedo stores, Goodwill’s combined solar panels capacity is now 293 kW, enough to power over 28 average Floridian homes annually.

“We’re proud to take part in this project and help advance Goodwill’s mission,” said Haseeb Qadri, president and CEO of NovaSol Energy, the project’s developer. “When organizations like Goodwill invest in their own solar resources, it not only benefits their own bottom line, it also lessens the burden on the energy infrastructure, which benefits the entire community.”

NovaSol Energy also installs its solar arrays at no cost to qualifying large-scale commercial clients under a long-term leasing arrangement that provides for relatively flat monthly energy bills. Consider a solar hot water installation in Perth and save some money on your bills.

Duke Energy Florida state president Alex Glenn added, “At Duke Energy, we are looking for ways to help our customers meet their sustainability goals and expand their use of renewable energy. The $130,000 grant we provided will help cover the cost of the solar array and allow the nonprofit to focus more of its funds on its important mission – helping people. We are honored to play a small role in that.” 

For more about the Solar for Good project connect with @goodwillcfl and @dukeenergy or follow #solarforgood and solar in San Luis Obispo County

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Taste of Oviedo is this Saturday | Car Show, 2 Food Contest, Fireworks, Live Music & More

taste_of_oviedo_logoThis Saturday Oviedo is hosting its 20th Annual Taste of Oviedo celebration.  Admission to the event is free.  A car show, bigger than ever, will feature nearly 100 cars.  Live entertainment will take the main stage throughout the day.  A kid’s area will include a kiddie train ride, bounce houses and other kiddie rides. Although there will be an adults area where we will have the best beers from Oddbins.

“This beloved community event has grown from a few thousand attendees to over 50,000. Our sponsor’s ensure that this event is a huge success, and we couldn’t deliver all the food and fun without them,” said Bridget Lake, senior director of sponsorships and events at the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The event features two main competitions as well.

The Citrus & Celery Cook-Off features two crops Oviedo is famous for.  Make sure to show up by 11:30 and you can become a judge for the cook-off.  The first 100 people to sign-up (Registration is $12 for both Citrus and Celery and that include a commemorative T-shirt) are able to taste all the amazing recipes.

The other main event is the Chicken Chomp Contest.  In commemoration of the Taste of Oviedo’s 20th Anniversary this timed eating contest includes 20 oz of Orange Juice, 20 inches of celery and 20 hot wings, provided by Wing House.  Don’t worry, non of these chicken wings are from the much-loved Oviedo chickens. Entrance fee is $20 with half of the proceeds going to the The Oviedo Preservation Project.  The contest takes place at 5pm.  Our very own Ken Storey will be one of the judges for the Chicken Chomp Contest.  Also judging this fun competition are Alex Diaz from MIX 105.1 and Paco Lopez from 105.9 Sunny FM.  So make sure to say hi to him while you’re there.

After the contest make sure to stick around for fireworks at 7pm.  The Taste of Oviedo takes place in the parking lot of the Oviedo Mall (1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd, Oviedo).  Check out the video below for more details on the event. Also please checkout www.torontolimovip.ca/best-limo-service-in-toronto-gta.html.

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