Edgewood Launches Go Solar Campaign


Edgewood United Church has launched a “Go Solar” campaign to raise $80,000 for the installation of 80 solar panels on the roof over the social hall. By installing this system, which will convert sunlight into electricity, our congregation will reduce the amount of greenhouse gases it puts into the atmosphere. Edgewood hopes to be one of the first churches in Mid-Michigan to “go solar” to reduce our carbon pollution and be good stewards of the environment.

 

In June 2015 the General Synod of the United Church of Christ passed a resolution urging all UCC churches to move as rapidly as possible away from burning fossil fuels and towards the installation of solar and other renewable energy technologies. The Plymouth UCC congregation in Grand Rapids successfully installed solar panels in September 2015 and several large organizations, including General Motors, Ford, Dominos, IKEA and Michigan State University have also put in place solar systems.


At the February annual meeting the congregation voted unanimously to install this 20-kilowatt system. The goal is to install the panels and operating system by the fall of 2016. Each member of the congregation is being asked to contribute to this campaign.

The solar system will have the impact of taking 86 cars off the road or planting 40 acres of trees. It will demonstrate in a dramatic way Edgewood’s environmental commitment to lessen the impact of climate change. It will also reduce the church’s electric bills and make the church both financially and environmentally more sustainable.

 

The panels will be installed by Peninsula Solar, which has successfully put in more than 40 systems in Michigan. The company will work closely with Streamline Enterprises, which installed the roof over the social hall in 2010, to make sure there are no leaks and to prevent invalidation of the roof’s warranty.

 

In contiuation of Edgewood's commitment to environmental justice, the congregation adopted an Environmental Justice Covenant at the annual meeting in February 2018.

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