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Faith Communities Going Solar

Jun 12, 2012

SolarShare was invited to the Solar Open house at Agricola Lutheran Church last week and we were inspired by the multi-faith organizations present and their commitment to address climate change. We helped answer some of the flurry of questions from groups hoping to develop their own solar projects in their faith community buildings.  The below article was published about the event in the Community Power Report by Mümtaz Derya Tarhan on June 11, 2012. 

Agricola Lutheran Church Injects Faith in Other Groups With Their Solar Project

Last tuesday, Agricola Lutheran Church of Toronto hosted an open house to showcase the solar photovoltaic  installation on their roof. The event was co-organized by Agricola and Greening Sacred Spaces (GSS) with the aim of encouraging and facilitating the development of similar projects.

Alan Walker, a member of the Agricola Lutheran congregation, was approached in November 2012 by two other members of the congregation with the idea. Upon conducting some research, he realized that the project made very good financial sense with the help of the 20-year guaranteed feed-in-tariff (FIT) contract offered to renewable energy generators by Ontario. "We are an aging congregation with diminishing donation dollars. The income from the solar project will serve to offset the decline in attendance," said Alan Walker.

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Agricola Lutheran Church, 10 kW solar system (Source: Eco Alternative Energy)