Safe Haven Farms

Safe Haven Farms

New Solar PV System to Provide Energy Savings, Educational Opportunities for Safe Haven Farms

Safe Haven Farms is a place that dreams big. When a group of parents realized that their children with developmental disabilities were aging out of the public school system and that options for residential and vocational programs were lacking, they banded together to find a solution. In 2010, they established a 60-acre farm in Middletown, Ohio to serve the needs of adults with disabilities in a manner that preserves their dignity and promotes their long-term well-being and continuing growth. Today, Safe Haven Farms is home to 16 individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, serves more than 30 others through its farm and day programs, offers a therapeutic equestrian program for children and adults, and integrates the community through farming and educational programming and volunteerism.

Now, with an All Points North Foundation grant, Safe Haven Farms is pursuing another dream: to convert 40-45 percent of its electricity use to solar energy.

Safe Haven Farms, with the help of Third Sun Solar, will install a 69 kW DC solar PV system on elevated ground mounts to allow for a pollinator garden with native plants to grow beneath it. The solar system installation will help reduce electricity bills and allow funds to be redirected to various farm programs that directly impact the lives of those served. Additionally, the mounted panels and native species garden will enable Safe Haven Farms to incorporate solar energy education into its year-round tours for school groups, families, visitors and volunteers.

Safe Haven Farms looks forward to achieving its clean energy dream, a goal since inception, to showcase the benefits of clean, green energy and a reduced carbon footprint for its surrounding community.

For more information: https://www.safehavenfarms.org

Photo credit: Chloe Cochran

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