Twenty-four solar panels valued at $15,000 was donated and installed to a veteran in San Angelo Tuesday.

Solar CenTex, owned and operated by Scot Arey granted the donation.

"I spent 25 years in the army and one of the ways I want to see give back was to give solar to a veteran that could use help with their electric bills," Arey said.

Luis Martinez served 15 years in the United States Air Force. He's also a single father often times playing the role of mom and dad.

In addition to juggling his parental duties Martinez was also a student at Angelo State University and a part-time employee at the YMCA.

Before being discharged by the Air Force Martinez was deployed to Iraq and was injured by an IED.

"It caused my spine to be like an accordion, it expanded and it slammed back together," Martinez said.

Injuries and all he decided to keep pushing forward graduating with his bachelor's degree from ASU and interning at the West Texas Counseling and Guidance Center.

His work caught the attention of Solar CenTex.

"This was a great way to show appreciation and thank you and I was more than happy to do that," Arey said.