Solar is growing by leaps and bounds!

Congregations are keeping pace by installing solar at an ever increasing rate all over the country. They are financing it through a variety of creation options: leasing – for example through the new Catholic Energies leasing program, or buying the array up front through capitol campaigns – sometimes engaging third party crowd-funding services that specialize in solar, or forming member LLCs to invest in the arrays and selling the power to the congregation at a rate lower than the utility, and more. Some are working with community partners to invest in community solar gardens on congregational property so they become a source of energy for their neighborhood and some are investing in community solar gardens run by local utilities.

Gesù Detroit Catholic School and Church has solar thanks to the work of their student solar club. They are a Cool Congregations Challenge winner!

Solar Financing Guide

This new solar financing guide is an excellent overview of the various funding options available to congregations for solar. It includes links to grant and loan programs offered by various religious denominations. 

Awards for Your Solar Congregation

If your congregation has installed solar, consider applying for Interfaith Power & Light’s annual Cool Congregations Challenge, a contest with cash prizes. Annual deadline December 15.

IPL congregations are shining the light on climate solutions by installing solar!

Interfaith Power & Light offers assistance in reducing carbon footprints of congregations and their members through the Cool Congregations program: calculate your carbon footprint, find ways to reduce, get certified, and apply for monetary prizes in the Cool Congregations Challenge!

Houses of worship are walking the talk and following the guidance of their traditions to protect the planet we all need to survive. These congregations have all installed solar or have connected to community solar to reduce their carbon emissions. If your house of worship is not listed please fill out this form to get added to the list.

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