St. Mark's Converts to Solar Energy
Converting to Solar Energy
St. Mark’s recently installed a rooftop solar installation and “flipped the switch” to offset much of their electrical use with clean, renewable solar energy. St. Mark’s is one of the first of a rapidly growing number of churches converting to solar power in the state.
Solar power involves the conversion of energy from sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), indirectly using solar power, or a combination. As the cost of solar electricity has fallen, the number of grid-connected solar PV systems has grown. Solar PV is rapidly becoming an inexpensive, low-carbon technology to harness renewable energy from the sun. The addition of a solar power system to the church was made possible through a partnership with DHD Solar, a CT-based solar developer. DHD Solar was able to take care of all aspects of the development of the solar project, working with St. Mark’s to ensure that the solar energy system was designed and installed as the church envisioned. DHD Solar engaged All Electric, one of the most experienced solar electrical contractors in Connecticut, for the installation.
To pay for the solar system, St. Mark’s entered into a power purchase agreement with Skyview Ventures, DHD Solar’s parent company. Through this agreement, St. Marks will reduce their traditional electric costs and help the church provide a more environmentally friendly building for its members. “Being a local developer, we enjoy being able to help building owners of any type in New England be able to enjoy the benefits of solar power”, offered Matt Coleman from DHD Solar.
The Rev. Peter Walsh, Rector of St. Mark’s said, “The solar panels on our roof are an outward manifestation of our faith and our desire to care for God’s creation. It is so deeply satisfying to see the daily readout on how much CO2 is being saved by our collecting the energy of the sun and having it converted into clean energy.”