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Solar System to Save Church Big Dollars

ARVADA, CO (January 28, 2011) – Arvada Covenant Church is going green by upgrading to more energy efficient lighting and installing a solar energy system.

“Arvada Covenant Church has always made stewardship of God’s resources a priority,” says Ian Thompsen, church administrator. “With our new solar system and upgraded lighting, we’ve taken our commitment to a much higher level.”

The combined efforts will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 140 tons annually – the environmental equivalent of planting 700 trees, says Thompsen. The church hopes to be a role model for the larger community and encourage more awareness of environment issues.

The change also is a matter of good financial stewardship, says Thompsen. The church’s older, inefficient lighting system in the gymnasium was recently upgraded to high efficiency T-8 fluorescent fixtures that will result in a cost savings of approximately $1,000 per year.

The Denver contractor designed and installed a 99.36 kW photovoltaic solar energy system. It incorporates 432 roof-mounted solar PV panels that will produce enough energy to offset a large percentage of the church’s electrical needs.

Savings the first year are expected to exceed $10,000 with a projected savings over 30 years of more than $600,000, Thompsen says. The church is leasing the system, so no church capital expenditures were needed.

About the Author

  • Marianne Peters is a freelance writer, master gardener, and environmental educator. She lives in Plymouth, Indiana with her husband, two teenage daughters, and two mischievous ginger cats called Fred and George (after the Weasley twins of Harry Potter fame). From 2008-2013 she wrote the Creation Care column for Covenant Companion magazine. In 2011, her family decided to downsize by half, a decision that led to the publication of her book Declutter for Good: Share Your Life and Reclaim Your Life. She blogs about green living and gardening at www.freshwordswriting.com.

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