We've Gone Solar
Peace Dale Congregational Church’s Green Team made a commitment to install more than 100 solar panels on the roof of the education wing of the church in an effort to reduce the Church’s annual $14,000 electric bill and to reduce carbon emissions. The Green Team spearheaded a fundraising effort to raise nearly $90,000, and members of the Church stepped up to the plate to cover the cost of the project. The Green Team worked closely with RISE (Rhode Island Saving Energy) and SolPower, the installer of the panels. The church expects to recover the cost of its investment in six years, yielding a 20% return. The savings are estimated to be the equivalent of driving 2.4 million miles a year.
Solar Productivity Updates
Peace Dale Congregational Church’s Green Team made a commitment to install more than 100 solar panels on the roof of the education wing of the church in an effort to reduce the Church’s annual $14,000 electric bill and to reduce carbon emissions.
Bill McKibben, renowned author and environmentalist, sent Peace Dale Congregational Church a message of congratulations for going Solar.
He is founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 for action on climate and justice. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change and has appeared in 24 languages. He is the author of 20 books.
He serves as the Schumann Distinguished Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont, and he has won the Gandhi Peace Prize as well as honorary degrees from 20 colleges and universities.
The church solar system is operating at full capacity and generating much electricity. The bank of panels is fully functional. For June 2021, PDCC was billed $864.13 and in June 2022, the bill was $-246.88. In July and August 2022, the church continued to create more electricity than it needed, resulting in a zero bill payment due and also a reserve for the church’s future use.