Salt Lake Church Gets New Solar Energy System

July 1, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

(KUTV) It’s not every day that a small congregation in Salt Lake City gets to celebrate the launch of their new solar energy system. But today, the congregation of Mount Tabor did just that. This solar array is made possible by a generous funding award from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program.

“We’re pleased to partner with our 37,400 Blue Sky customers in Utah to support Mount Tabor Lutheran Church’s efforts to go solar,” said Alene Bentley, Rocky Mountain Power customer and community manager.

“This is one of 82 community-based renewable energy projects in the state that has been awarded Blue Sky funding thanks to our participating customers.” Bentley said.

Last summer, this congregation applied for Blue Sky funding and they were selected to receive up to $22,050 to cover the majority of the costs of the project. The 5.8-kilowatt system utilizes power from 23 solar panels to generate over 8,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, with an average cost savings of $75 per month.

Pastor Nichols says, “In 2011 we were inspired by Utah [Interfaith Power Light] to begin making some energy-saving changes to our building. With the Blue Sky funding award, installing a solar array became the next step. God’s love calls this Earth ‘good.’ And one way we live God’s love in the world is by doing all we can to reduce carbon emissions today to leave a better Earth for those to come.”

Salt Lake Church Gets New Solar Energy System

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