Advancing their effort to make Mimosa Hall in Roswell “the oldest net zero home in America,” the Friends of Mimosa Hall & Gardens announced a partnership with Georgia-Pacific to help install solar panels on the roof of the historic building.
Georgia-Pacific donated $25,000 for the solar project. An anonymous donor is giving $50,000, and additional gifts are coming in from dozens of local families and organizations, said Mike Harris, president of the Friends of Mimosa board. Cadmus Construction, a Roswell environmental design company, donated the design and some components and will oversee the installation.
“We couldn’t do it without these community partners,” Harris said.
Mimosa Hall is a Greek Revival mansion built in 1841 and acquired by Roswell for $3 million in 2017. The proposed solar installation will consist of thin, electricity-generating, rooftop panels that are promised to provide 100% of the building’s energy, saving the city roughly $5,000 a year in utility costs.