CSAAC (Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children) is a nationally recognized pioneer in providing services to individuals with autism. Autism is a serious developmental disorder that can affect social relationships, communication, judgement, reasoning, and behavior. Individuals with autism often need lifetime supports.
CSAAC is a private, non-profit agency founded in 1979 to provide those supports. CSAAC provides person-centered, community-based services; specialized to meet the support needs of children and adults with autism. Services are designed and implemented through the combined efforts of a highly specialized team of professionals, managers, and direct support personnel. CSAAC maintains a broad array of community partners to promote enriched lifestyles for the individuals that we serve educationally, vocationally, and residentially.
CSAAC manages 3 commercial campuses and 76 residential group homes based in Montgomery County, MD.
Their goal is to be sustainable and energy efficient, resulting in very low use of electric and gas and to decrease its overhead costs through solar energy. Solar will help ensure CSAAC is ahead of the curve to save a significant amount of money that can be used throughout CSAAC in other program areas while maintaining sustainability.
The Jane Salzano Center for Autism Ground Mount Solar System
Community School of Maryland Brookeville Campus Main Building
CSAAC’s current two solar projects provide annual cost savings of $85,624.
The Jane Salzano Center for Autism Roof Mount
Community School of Maryland Brookeville Campus 3 smaller buildings
Craig Pardini, CSAAC’s Director of Infrastructure Operations developed the idea of moving CSAAC to solar energy and CSAAC’s Executive Director Eric Salzano and the CSAAC Board of Directors fully supported the idea. Eric and Craig worked together interviewing several different solar companies and creating the implementation plan.
CSAAC worked with Paradise Energy Solutions to execute the projects.
With CSAAC’s current solar systems and the three systems in the works, most of CSAAC’s locations will be powered by offset by the energy from the sun.
By 2025, CSAAC has an initiative to have an all-electric vehicle fleet that consists of 70+ vehicles that will be charged by the sun through the solar panels at the buildings.
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Congratulations! Saving the environment for future adults and children.