Westminster Presbyterian Church

Knoxville, TN
Certified Cool Congregation, 30% carbon reduction

Electric power usage has a tremendous impact on our carbon footprint, especially in Tennessee. Why? Because most of the electricity in the region comes from fossil-fueled power plants, including one of the dirtiest sources — coal. For several years, Westminster Presbyterian has been working diligently to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. They swapped out their lighting, installed a computerized energy management system, and installed energy efficient windows. But their biggest hope of all was to add their own source of green power production. They received a boost when Knoxville was chosen as one of 25 Department of Energy Solar American Cities, committed to making solar a mainstream energy source. Thanks to its earlier demonstration of energy reduction, Westminster qualified for a grant towards a 5kW solar system. With much fundraising and hard work, they were able to enjoy a rooftop “Solarbration” upon launch. The project payback is just eight years away, but already the abundant benefits are evident — lots of media attention, the chance to inspire others, and a CO2 savings of 3 tons per year, or the equivalent of 75 trees. “God has charged us with stewardship of this incredible home. With the installation of our solar panels, we take one more step towards that obligation.”

Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Environmental Concerns Team worked with the membership to acquire solar panels. They are “Drawing the line against fossil fuels” in the heart of coal country

Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Environmental Concerns Team worked with the membership to acquire solar panels. They are “Drawing the line against fossil fuels” in the heart of coal country

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