N.C. church goes solar

N.C. church goes solar

Solar panels are anchored to the 5,720-square-foot roof of United Church of Chapel Hill.

The members of a Chapel Hill, N.C., last month dedicated a solar array that is expected to save on the building’s operational expenses.

The panels were installed atop the 5,720-square-foot roof of United Church of Chapel Hill by Yes! Solar Solutions of Cary, N.C., according to a press release. The project is the largest solar installation at a place of worship in North Carolina, the release said.

The church raised funds for the 84.7-kilowatt solar system with a capital campaign. 

The solar system is expected to generate approximately 60 percent of the electricity used by the church and is part of a long-term strategy to meet strategic carbon emissions reduction goals consistent with recommendations by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the release said.

The church’s solar network includes:

  • 326 solar panels (260 watts each)
  • 4 SolarEdge inverters
  • 163 SolarEdge optimizers
  • A solar trellis at the entrance

"We were very impressed with the flexibility and creativity of Yes! Solar's approach to this project, especially their enthusiasm for the trellis array,” said Kathy Shea, a member of United Earth Ministries, of which United Church is part. “This highly visible part of the installation will be a permanent reminder to all who visit United Church of the importance of addressing climate change and caring for God's creation as an integral part of our faith and practice." 



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