Solar at First United Methodist Church in Ferndale!

Many houses of worship have an extra incentive to go solar because their faiths call for them to be good stewards of the planet. Then there is the economic motivation as well, as houses of worship tend to have high electric bills because of the amount of energy required to power their large spaces.

First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Ferndale has a 20-kilowatt solar array that went live in April 2017. Richard Fowler, a member of the FUMC Ferndale congregation, was a champion of the idea and he shares his thoughts about the project in this video.

The FUMC project was financed by a third-party investor under an arrangement called a Power Purchase Agreement. The church pays the investor for the electricity produced by the system. FYI, said investor in this project was Yours Truly. That’s right, I put my money where my mouth is and helped get those 20 kilowatts of solar into operation. The system will offset 391 tons of CO2 pollution over its life, and I feel good about that.

Srinergy was the company that installed the solar array. And Michigan Interfaith Power & Light, a faith-based organization that promotes clean energy within the faith community, also helped to realize the project.

Congratulations to FUMC Ferndale for being a leader by solar-powering your church! Here’s hoping other houses of worship follow suit!


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