FREEPORT, Ill. (WTVO) — A local church is taking the next steps to save money and energy.
“We’re installing a 65 kilowatt hour solar array that will accomplish 100% of our electrical utility needs here at the church,” said St. John United Church of Christ, Senior Pastor, Hank Fairman.
Fairman said the church was changing how they generate energy for multiple reasons.
“Our congregation is committed to environmental justice and creation care,” Fairman said. “We believe that what we’re doing today sets a good example to our children, and looks forward to making sure they have a planet to receive from us.”
Not only are they trying to do good for the community, but the church will save over $7,000 each year.
Teague Dickey, the CEO of Iconic Energy Solar Professionals, explained to me a little bit more about how the drastic savings will work.
“At the end of the month if they make the same amount of energy that they use they will not get a charge for their electrical usage,” Dickey said.
Dickey said that St. John is a pioneer and making a mark in the community by changing the way they produce energy.
“St. John church is the first church in the surrounding Rockford area that’s going to be 100% solar energy,” Dickey said.
Fairman said that when he asked members of the church if they should install the solar panels, they responded ‘why haven’t we done it yet?’
“Electric bills are never going to go down, so if we can go to the forefront, make our own power, it’s just a no brainer,” Shan MacAdam said.
Plans were delayed but the installation of the solar panels is expected to begin the next week.
“We’re not harming our environment while we enjoy our modern life,” Fairman said. “We like to live our faith out loud. We believe the solar energy project is a good way to do it.”
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