PA IPL-Solar Options for Houses of Worship

Join us at this July’s Main Line Interfaith Group — a PA IPL chapter to hear about solar options for faith institutions. One way to beat the heat of the sun is to put it to work on our behalf.

Our meeting will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, July 27. We will spend the first 30 minutes catching up on all that is going on in our different faith institutions. At 7:30, we will hear about: Solar options for Houses of Worship from Joy Baxter. 

Many houses of worship are called by their faith to implement climate change solutions such as rooftop solar.  However, nonprofits are excluded from government incentives for solar installations that are provided through tax incentives.  Several options of how to finance a solar installation for houses of worship will be discussed including an in-depth discussion of the private LLC model, which provides the maximum financial benefit to the congregation. The LLC can be made up of several environmentally conscious small investors from your community who get a modest return of their investment or a large environmentally conscious investor.

Presenter Joy Baxter is an active member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ardmore where she is the chair of their Green Team. St. Paul’s Green Team is currently pursuing an LLC option for a solar installation at St. Pauls. Joy and her husband installed solar panels on their home 8 years ago and are involved in various solar activities. Joy’s background is in chemical engineering research and she also enjoys playing violin with the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra.

We will conclude our time together by exploring future programming ideas. We look forward to seeing you on Monday night.

Please contact Courtenay Willcox for more information.

Wayne: Chester County Clean Energy Tour

Location: Chester County, including Wayne Central Baptist Church, 106 W Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

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Ever wonder what it would be like for your home, workplace, farm, local government or house of worship to go solar? To become more energy efficient, reduce pollution and save money? Did you know Chester County is a state leader in solar energy and energy efficiency?

We have more than 30 Open Houses at schools, universities, businesses, farms, non-profits, municipalities and homes in Chester County so you can find out! Be inspired at this FREE event that features self-guided tours in four areas across our beautiful the county.

Kick off events will provide an orientation, tour map and suggested route. The homes, businesses, farms, schools and public places you visit will demonstrate green technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal, green design, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and more.

NEW!!! PECO is offering FREE energy assessments for the those who sign up at the tour!

Come to one of our 4 kick off locations at Wayne Central Baptist Church, 106 W Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087. The church set a goal of being 100% carbon neutral. They installed 48 solar panels in 2009 on a south-facing flat roof. Eastern tour also includes other inspiring examples of local businesses, a local athletic facility, homes and a public school.

This event is free and open to the public —everyone is welcome to attend. Whether you are a solar owner, completely new to solar, or somewhere in between— this event is for you.  Grab a couple of other folks from your congregation and head to the tour.  Make Central Baptist Church in Wayne one of your stops for sure!

Check out Central Baptist Church’s “Getting to Zero” posts here! 

100% Renewable Energy — Rev. Dr. Vincent Kolb’s remarks

On June 19, 2019, the Rev. Dr. Vincent Kolb (pastor of Sixth Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh) gave remarks at the 2019 100% Renewable Lobby Day rally organized by our friends at PennEnvironment.

He’s kindly shared his remarks with us here. Since these remarks were necessarily brief, at the end you’ll find a few links to learn more about the exciting energy resolution of the Pittsburgh Presbytery. Prefer video? His remarks begin at 27 min here.

Good morning!

Eleanor Roosevelt once said

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

We have gathered today because we have a beautiful dream: 100% renewable energy for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2050.

I am here to tell you that people of faith in southwestern PA are working hard to make this beautiful dream a reality. In Pittsburgh Presbytery in 2017, our region of churches submitted a resolution to our national church to divest our national resources from fossil fuels. This is a part of a growing worldwide movement, as clean, renewable sources of energy become responsible and profitable investments. Today, approximately 5.5 trillion dollars have been divested from the fossil fuel industry and faith-based organizations are leading the way at 27% of those institutions making divestment commitments!

We have begun a region-wide effort to provide congregations the opportunity to convert to renewable energy sources: solar panels on roofs and undeveloped properties, cooperative purchase of energy needs, affordable energy audits for aging facilities, and the establishment of neighborhood solar cooperatives. This is in keeping with the vision of Mayor Bill Peduto and our City Council in Pittsburgh, which have pledged the Steel City to be 100% clean energy by 2035.

At the same historic Presbytery meeting in December of 2017, our regional body condemned the construction of the Shell Cracker plant in Beaver County, that will emit 2.25 million tons of CO2 annually in a region that is already in the top 2% for cancer risk because of air pollution. We want our region to be a clean energy hub, not a new cancer alley!

We are part of a faith tradition that has affirmed our responsibility to care for the earth as our home and care for all people, especially our most vulnerable populations who are at risk for cancer, disease, and asthma.  Clergy and lay people of faith will continue to advocate for the care of our home, because our sacred scriptures have commanded us to be good stewards of the gifts God has given us.

Rev. Kolb as the crowd begins to assemble on the steps in the Capitol Rotunda

Who wants 100% renewable energy in PA? We do!
Who wants 100% renewable energy in PA? We do!

Thank you!

Want more? Click through to:

  • sign up to host a screening of Paris to Pittsburgh, a National Geographic film that features work cities, towns, and states are doing to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
  • learn about the massive petrochemical complex including an multi-state underground storage facility and the first of several gargantuan “cracker plants” which use “wet gas” from fracking for plastics manufacturing.
  • read the three-part resolution itself.
  • peruse the FAQ page that FossilFreePCUSA created in advance of the the 2018 national divestment overture.
  • join PA IPL’s monthly Policy Update calls to stay current on state and federal climate and clean energy policies. Each month includes positive news, a discussion hook, and one state and one federal action item.



100% Renewable Energy— solar installer remarks

Jacob Mann from SunDirected was scheduled to give remarks at the 2019 100% Renewable Lobby Day organized by our friends at PennEnvironment.

Full disclosure: SunDirected is a perennial silver sponsor of our bike trip. They’re in central Pennsylvania. For you Eastern Pennsylvania folks, Exact Solar was also a 2019 silver sponsor, too.

Jacob’s remarks:

Good morning everyone! I want to thank Penn Environment once again for the opportunity to be here and speak.

Continue reading 100% Renewable Energy— solar installer remarks

WEBINAR: An Introduction to Community Solar in Pennsylvania: Harnessing Sunshine to Lower Bills and Build a Brighter Future

Learn how you and your religious institution can benefit from community solar

September 20, 2018 7:00 p.m.

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This event is free and open to the public.

Have an unavoidable conflict?  Register!  (Registrants can access a recorded version of the webinar to listen to (and view) later.)
Note: this webinar is specifically crafted for Pennsylvania. If you are part of our beyond-PA network, email us and we’ll find out if there might be a webinar in your state soon.

Affordable solar energy is giving families, churches, schools and many others a way to lower energy bills while serving the common good and being good stewards of the earth. However, rooftop solar simply isn’t an option for the majority of consumers who want it – families who rent, have shaded rooftops, or don’t qualify for standard financing solutions, for example. Community solar gives consumers like these a way to go solar, whether or not they own a suitable roof of their own.

Join us for a free webinar to learn more about what community solar is, examples of how it’s working around the country today, and ways that you can get involved in expanding solar opportunities for you and your community.

Agenda:

  • Introduction and welcoming remarks from co-hosts
  • Community solar 101
  • Expanding solar access to all, including low-income customers and faith based-organizations
  • Community solar barriers and opportunities in Pennsylvania
  • Audience Q & A
  • Next steps and ways to get involved

Presenters:

  • Pari Kasotia, Mid-Atlantic Director, Vote Solar
  • Marta Tomic, Community Solar Program Director, Vote Solar
  • Melanie Santiago-Mosier, Access and Equity Program Director, Vote Solar

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Hosts:

The Pennsylvania Council of Churches is a voluntary association of Christian churches in Pennsylvania. Through the Public Witness Ministry, we empower people of faith, through education and skill-building, to make a difference for the common good in the public square, and advocate on behalf of the Council’s member church bodies before Pennsylvania’s legislative and administrative branches of government.

United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania educates and empowers United Methodists to engage legislators and other state officials on social and governmental policy issues, as well as being a vehicle for that engagement. Furthermore, United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania collaborates with other faith-based advocacy networks.

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa) is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and serves as a State Public Policy Office of the ELCA. In response to God’s love in Jesus Christ, LAMPa advocates for wise and just policies in Pennsylvania that promote the common good. LAMPa’s vision is centered in the ELCA strategic direction to “Step forward as a public church that witnesses boldly to God’s love for all that God has created.”

Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (PA IPL) is a network of individuals and faith communities responding to climate change in a variety of ways, practical and prayerful.   We work from a place of active hope, engaging our gifts as we seek to live as better citizens of our Common Home. PA IPL’s work includes a Sustained Advocacy initiative, which supports individuals engaging with their lawmakers and civic leaders in conversation about clean energy, just transition, and care for people and planet.

Vote Solar is a national, non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization with a mission to make solar a mainstream energy source. We aim to foster economic opportunity and support a cleaner, healthier environment by bringing solar energy into the mainstream. Vote Solar is not a trade group and does not have corporate members. Since 2002, Vote Solar has worked in states all across the country to remove market barriers and implement key policies needed to bring solar to scale.

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HARRISBURG – Trinity Solar at UCH Journey to Justice

Member congregation the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg touches a wide range of topics in their Journey to Justice series (usually first Tuesdays).  In January, they’ll meet on the second Tuesday for a presentation on solar energy.  Bring your questions!