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Solar Panels Installed at First Congregational Church of Santa Barbara, UCC

Solar PanelsThirty solar panels on the southwest facing roof…

Savings in more than $2500 per year, with the probability of excess electricity available to sell back to the utility…

For First Congregational Church of Santa Barbara, UCC the realization of a dream first voiced in 2006.

A bequest from long-time member, Jean Southwick, in 2012 made it possible.  “Now’s the time to do solar,” said Jack Orr, chair of the Finance and Facilities Team.  The congregation was spurred, too, by the Resolution of Witness enacted at the 29th General Synod, in which UCC churches were encouraged to take steps toward carbon neutrality.  Following the recommendations of the local Community Environmental Council’s “Solarize Santa Barbara Campaign,” they “did their homework” then chose a contractor.   Their dream would soon become a reality.

Orr reports that the contractor, a San Luis Obispo company, has offered the church a fee of $1000 per referral.   “We encourage any churches or individuals considering installing solar power to contact us so we may benefit from the referral.  Orr may be reached at jackrorr@cox.net. While installation is somewhat costly, he notes that funds may be available from the Cornerstone Fund of the UCC for interested churches.

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