Largest community-supported solar system in West Virginia

2014 Cool Congregations Challenge Winner RENEWABLE ROLE MODEL Category Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church Shepherdstown, WV Faith Tradition: Presbyterian Cost Savings: Will own system in 5 years CO2 Reduction: 132 metric tons/year Generating: 19,000 KWH of electricity Estimated savings per year: 50% reduction in energy use In West Virginia the true costs of cheap energy are impossible […]

2012 Winner in Renewable Energy

Solar power has slashed the cost of electricity at Federated Community Church, which meets in a beautiful century-old building in Flagstaff, Arizona. Now the congregation has a national award to show for its energy saving efforts, too. Federated Community Church is the winner of the Renewable Energy category in the 2012 Cool Congregations Challenge. The […]

Building a Solar Community

MCC in the Valley decided to go green; we started raising $3000 for solar panels, even with state and federal rebates. We received a call from Broadstreet Energy, where they gave us the opportunity of a 20-year lease option, paying 60% of our annual electric bill. The Board brought the proposal to the congregation. We […]

Geothermal Energy Sources

Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church in Oak Park, Illinois is one of the first churches to go geothermal for heating and cooling. They have reduced their fossil fuel emissions by 100% and have reduced their energy costs by nearly $12,000 per year. They host workshops in conjunction with Illinois Interfaith Power & Light to inspire […]

Solar Temple

On October 16, 2011, Temple Emanuel officially dedicated its new rooftop 5kW photovoltaic system. The solar panels are a project of the temple’s Teva Committee, which guides the congregation and facility toward becoming more environmentally sustainable. This is Teva’s most ambitious endeavor to date. Other accomplishments include: implementing a comprehensive recycling program, a Mitzvah Garden […]

Saving with Solar

Trinity Church is an 80 year old classical cathedral style building. Though we have done several energy audits to try to reduce our carbon footprint, and had had some success, but we still found far too much energy was being consumed. It was a burden to the church budget and a burden to our environment. […]

Solar in Albuquerque saves a bundle

The Earth Web committee at First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque sponsors courses, sustainability fairs and forums on renewable energy to educate its church community. They explored solar, and after analyzing federal and state regulations, they developed a proposal for a straightforward lease arrangement between a vendor and the church, with the solar energy company handling […]