Today's Solar Power
Grace Covenant’s first solar panels were installed on the roof of the education building in mid-2018 and the system was activated in November 2018. It has been making electricity daily ever since. A total of 22 solar panels were installed, and room remains on that roof for another 69 panels – which would more than triple the amount of power currently generated.
In the months of May through July 2019, our solar array generated 3,322 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, saving GCPC about $415 and preventing about 3,600 pounds of carbon dioxide from being added to the atmosphere.
Below: daily electrical production from May – July, 2019. Cloudy days show less production:
On longer and sunnier summer days, more electricity is generated during the day. Of course, Grace Covenant uses and spends much more on electricity in the longer days of summer due to the need to use air conditioning. Overall, our current solar array produces less than 10% of our electrical needs, depending on the day.
The Session at Grace Covenant has approved additional fundraising in order to increase the size of the solar array (any donations for this purpose should state ‘Solar’ somewhere on the donation).
Whether you are interested in expanding this project or not, please do your part to turn off lights in the building (as well as at home!), close church windows and doors during hot or cold weather, and otherwise be mindful to conserve the resources God has entrusted with us.
Psalm 24:1 ‘The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.’
Above: a portion of Grace Covenant’s own solar array, looking west along Monument Avenue.