In Massachusetts, more houses of worship are turning to solar power

Written by Sarah Shimkus, Energy News Network 

Houses of worship in Massachusetts are increasing their adoption of solar power, a trend that advocates say can both influence community attitudes toward renewable electricity and help more low-income households take advantage of the benefits of clean energy. At least 64 houses of worship in Massachusetts had solar installations in operation last year, a 14% increase from 2017 and second only to California, according to a report from Interfaith Power and Light, a national campaign to mobilize religious response to climate change. Increasing urgency about climate change, falling prices for solar panels, development of more versatile financing options, and growing awareness of renewable energy are coming together to drive yet further growth in the sector. Continue reading here. 

Photo: South Church in Andover, Massachusetts

SETTING AN EXAMPLE IN NEBRASKA

Unitarian Church of Lincoln, a nationally-certified Green Sanctuary.
Project: 25-kilowatt south-facing solar array. The church has also installed a geothermal heating and cooling system, energy efficient lighting and a number of other energy and water conservation features.
Archived News Story: Renovated Unitarian Church is more Earth-friendly, by Erin Andersen, Lincoln Journal Star
Installer: Dixon Power Systems based in Lincoln, Nebraska