The Journey Home - Louisa Virginia Goes Solar For Families In Need

The Journey Home - Louisa Virginia Goes Solar For Families In Need

Louisa County, Virginia – The Journey Home and Altenergy Inc. have partnered to install a 42.35kW solar
energy system for the first facility in Louisa County to provide housing for individuals or families in need. The
solar project was completed in June, 2020 and is expected to produce 55,891kWh annually.
Ben Reid, Operations Director, reached out to Altenergy in September, 2019 with the desire to include solar
energy in the construction of the new home. Ben Reid stated “Our investment in solar was driven by a desire to
use renewable energy in the transitional home facility as well as to offset operational costs by producing our own
power”. During the construction and design process of the home, Reid discovered they had an excellent area for
a ground-mounted solar array. Chris Poggi, Branch Manager of Altenergy says “This was a passion project for
us. The Journey Home is such a great cause and we felt honored to be part of it”. Projects can come with
challenges. However, “things always seemed to work themselves out with this project. When you are part of a
good cause good things will happen. Working with The Journey Home team could not have been better, we will
always be available if they need us” says Poggi.
The Journey Home is a 501c3 non-profit organization, “being a non-profit organization, we were unable to
utilize the incentives to invest in solar provided at that time through tax breaks. We then set a goal to raise funds
for a future solar project, which we expected would take several years to complete through a phased approach.
Due to the help of a very generous donor, with a desire to invest in solar, we were able to complete the project
far sooner than originally anticipated” Reid says.
The Journey Home has the satisfaction of being able to produce clean energy. Ben states, “through net metering,
we are able to meet most of our energy needs for a multi-unit residential facility and save significantly on
operational costs”. Reid added “it has been a pleasure to partner with Altenergy for our solar project. They took
great care to design and install a ground-mounted system to meet our needs. Their expertise, professionalism,
and work ethic were greatly appreciated.”
The mission of The Journey Home is to provide Christ-centered transitional housing to individuals or families in
need of a temporary place to live in Louisa County, Virginia. While residing at The Journey Home, they receive
support in rebuilding their lives and find hope for the next step in their journey to being independent members of
our community. Residents of The Journey Home live for up to 18 months in a nurturing environment that aids
them in rebuilding their lives. Spiritual, financial, vocational and practical education is available to prepare
them for their next step towards permanent housing. The Journey Home is a place of dignity where residents
contribute to the good of the community while working on the issues of brokenness in their life. In addition to
the group home facility which was completed in 2019, The Journey Home provides additional transitional
housing options to program participants through the Next Step Program. This program is designed to provide
affordable housing in an independent living environment for a period of time after successfully completing the
group home program.