Amma Center of Michigan Embraces Solar for Energy Savings
ANN ARBOR — From a small village in India, the teachings of an inspired woman, humanitarian and spiritual leader named Amma have encouraged people worldwide to express love and service to others as well as help to preserve nature.
Located in Ann Arbor, the Amma Center of Michigan is a non-sectarian organization that follows Amma’s teachings by helping with a variety of community service projects.
Srinergy, a Michigan based company, recently completed the installation of three solar photo-voltaic systems at Amma Center’s headquarters on Ann Arbor-Saline Road, south of I-94.
“By installing solar energy systems at the Amma Center, we can lead by example and help to educate others,” said Chad Kymal, founder of the Amma Center of Michigan and also founder and CTO of Omnex, a provider of quality and process improvement systems to Fortune 500 companies.
Chad Kymal and his wife Ajitha donated nearly 11 acres of their land to help establish the Amma Center more than 12 years ago.
A total of 112 U.S. manufactured solar panels, including both roof and ground-mounted systems, were installed to provide energy savings for Amma Center’s main building, a caretaker house and the Kymals’ nearby residence.
Srinergy also installed meters that allow online monitoring of energy savings for each system from anywhere in the world.
“It may seem ironic but now that we can actually see the energy savings we’re getting, I’m even more conscientious about turning off lights and doing more to conserve energy,” said Ajitha Kymal.
The combined energy savings over the next 25 years for the three installations is estimated to be equivalent to planting more than 53 acres of forest, powering nearly 30,000 homes for 24 hours and avoiding the production of 621 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
Completion of the installation is timely. Amma is paying her 12th annual visit to Michigan this week to conduct free programs open to the public and a pre-registered retreat at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn.
“We don’t know if Amma will have time during her visit to Michigan to tour the installation, but we can be assured that she’ll continue to deliver her message about the need to preserve our resources,” added Kymal. “We have used more than we need, and we need to give back.”
For more information about Amma’s visit along with the activities and events of the Amma Center of Michigan, visit www.ammamich.org.
Srinergy is located in Novi, with sales, design, and engineering capabilities available for commercial and residential solar panel installations throughout Michigan. The company focuses on offering green energy solutions to individuals and organizations that are socially responsible. Srinergy finances many of its own projects, including the ability to finance projects through GE Capital with zero down payment required. Along with servicing a wide variety of clients including non-profit organizations, the company works with local trade associations, municipalities, building and development authorities, and neighborhood associations.
For more information, visit www.Srinergy.com or call (248) 254-6477.