Volunteers help Chelem Community Center reduce electricity bills

One of eight solar panels is installed on the roof of the new Chelem Food Bank building. Bulldog Solar workers volunteered for the job. Picture: Contributed

Six members of the Bulldog Solar team volunteered for a day to help a good cause on the coast of Yucatán.

The Chelem Community Center, which has a food bank and programs for children and seniors, wanted to save money on its electricity bill in its building under construction.

A client, who lives in both the Chelem and Mérida communities, asked Bulldog for help. This client had Bulldog replace his solar panels, which were still in good condition, and he wanted them to serve the food bank.

Bulldog Solar owner Erich Briehl leads a group of volunteers who installed eight solar panels on the roof of the new Slam Food Bank building. Picture: Contributed

Previously, Santa Clara customers donated an inverter system after Bulldog upgraded their home to a newer microinverter system. So now a 3.6 kW Solís inverter is also part of the community center.

The Bulldog crew worked from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to complete the entire installation.

“As the owner of this business, I am always proud of our team’s willingness to volunteer their time to help those less fortunate in our community,” said Erich Briehl, owner of Bulldog Solar. “It’s one thing to show them the charitable act, but it’s another thing to watch them perform the act and see the look of pride on their face, knowing they can say ‘I gave back to my community, my country.'”

The food bank continues its weekly hot meal program for 1,800 people each week. Through the organization’s Feed a Family program, 87 people are eligible for regular food pantry donations.

Volunteers also lead early childhood classes for children aged 3 to 5 starting in mid-November. A program for the elderly also helps the community. The planned inauguration of the entire center is towards the end of the year.

To follow the evolution of the community center, consult @InvestarYucatan on Facebook.

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