North Church is a “solar church.” In 2011 church members looked at using solar power to reduce electricity bills and to keep up its mission of good environmental stewardship.
They researched the life-cycle carbon footprint of alternative energy and found that photo-voltaic panels would be best for the church. With their low physical design mounted on flat roofs, they would also have a low visual impact on the neighborhood.
The electrical connections were made to the electricity grid on May 1, 2012, and North Church has since reduced its annual electricity bill by about 60 percent. At the same time, we expect to reduce our carbon footprint by 467 tons over the 25-year life of the panels, equivalent to planting 18,660 trees.
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world and those who live in it. At the creation God saw all that God had made and declared it good. And God gave humans the responsibility to care for and cultivate God’s good garden.
But our appetite for energy has driven us to exploit and decimate our home through careless extraction, wars over resources, and destruction of ecosystems. How can we help to heal God’s good earth? How can we begin to correct the wrongs we’ve committed? By creating technologies to harness the energy of wind and sun and other renewable resources.
We respond to the need to preserve and protect God’s good creation by installing two solar panel arrays. Thanks be to you, O God, for this good earth you have made our home and will one day make your home among us. Amen.
Adapted from dedication ceremony held April 29, 2012
Photo Credit: Colin Drury