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Project will be first of kind in state
Work to start on solar Habitat home
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Forsyth County News

Siemens has announced a $100,000 partnership with Habitat for Humanity to build the organization’s first solar home in Georgia.

The home, which will be built off Union Hill Road, will include a Siemens microinverter system that will convert the sun’s power into safe, affordable electric power.

Siemens has a location in south Forsyth. Bill Contrael, director low voltage business unit, said in a statement that the technology "will potentially save the family hundreds of dollars per year."

"Our microinverter system will create enough energy to offset most, if not all, of the family’s lifetime of electric utility bills," he said.

That family will be Melonie Lingo and her two teenage children. They will work alongside volunteers to build the home, starting with the first-nail ceremony on Jan. 21.

Siemens will also provide employee volunteers for the project.

According to reports from the organization, integration of the solar technology is a part of Habitat’s ongoing mission to provide affordable housing and sustainable building practices for deserving families in north Georgia.

Russ Hayes, CEO of Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia, said the Union Hill site address is appropriate.

"It symbolizes the union and partnership between the Lingos, Siemens, all the volunteers and [Habitat for Humanity]," he said.

"We believe this home will be a shining example of Siemens’ technology and dedication to the community and the Habitat for Humanity mission."

The house is scheduled to be completed and dedicated for the family in April.