Bright idea: Funeral Directors Life goes 100 percent solar energy with expansion – Abilene Reporter-News

The new covered parking lot at Directors Investment Group, the holding company for¬†Funeral Directors Life, is not just a protective place for employees’ vehicles.

More than 1,300 solar panels recently were installed over the parking slots¬†to generate 806,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually ‚Ästmore than enough to power corporate headquarters at 6550 Directors Parkway, said Addison Templeton, executive vice president/chief operations officer.¬†

The switch was made about mid-July.¬†The company said in a news release that it is the “first Abilene business to introduce solar power on this scale.”

More than 1,300 solar panels went operational in mid-July at a new parking lot at Funeral Directors Life to generate 100 percent of the company's electricity.

The parking lot was part of a 35,000-square-foot expansion project at the 37-year-old Abilene business announced in December 2018, according to Reporter-News files. The Development Corporation of Abilene provided a $1.03 million incentive package for the $6.9 million addition. 

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The new space accommodates Funeral Director Life’s growing line of business services, such as a recently acquired software company, for the funeral home industry beyond selling pre-need funeral insurance policies and annuities, Templeton said.¬†

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