Birmingham, Alabama –The Alabama Environmental Council (AEC) Recycling Center, recently relocated to Avondale, is adding solar power to its offices in order to save energy, save costs, and educate the public about solar power in Alabama. Through the donation and installation by Eagle Solar and Light, electricity bills and environmental impacts will be reduced with a 1.5 kW photovoltaic system by LG.

“AEC is grateful for the generous donation of solar power by Eagle Solar and Light to be able to harness the power of the sun, especially today on the longest solar day of the year,” said Michael Churchman, Executive Director of the Alabama Environmental Council. “This fits so well with our mission and will be a great opportunity for the public to learn how we all can benefit from solar power in Alabama.”

Five 300 watt LG photovoltaic solar panels with a micro-inverter on each panel have been installed at the Recycling Center. Originally, only three panels were going to be installed on an existing awning. However, there was going to be partial shade some days, so the decision was made to fabricate brackets and mount them near the roof, also giving opportunity for 2 more panels. The total system is estimated to generate more than 2,200 kW-hours of electricity over the course of  the year and is a very simple system that could be added to most homes.


“Eagle Solar and Light is excited to install this technology at the Recycling Center,” said Sam Yates, President of Eagle Solar and Light. “It’s a great opportunity to benefit a local non-profit doing good work for our community and show people that come through there how simple solar power can work for them. Our new company is providing new jobs, investing in local economies, and showing how this can benefit the environment. Sounds like a win for Alabama!”

Alabama Environmental Council is a partner in the Alabama Solar Knowledge Project ( and this will be a hands-on demonstration for that program. When operational, a web page will monitor the system and be available for the public to view and learn more about this project.

For more information about this and other projects of AEC, go to To learn more about how your business or home could benefit from solar power, go to

Alabama Environmental Council:
The Alabama Environmental Council is the oldest statewide environmental advocacy non-profit organization in Alabama, leading and engaging citizens toward sustainable living and stewardship of the environment. We organize and empower Alabamians to preserve the environment in a manner that is mindful of current and future generations.

Eagle Solar and Light:

Eagle Solar & Light is a premier supplier and installer of renewable and LED lighting services. They work on an energy plan, including education, system selection, design, licensing, permitting, installation, training, service, and long term support, and offer systems for residential, commercial, institutional, and government entities. They also offer a complete line of LED lighting, controls, and automation, for enhanced illumination with up to 85% less energy usage.  Consultations, site surveys, and quotations are performed at no charge.

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