On a sunny day in April at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Asheville, N.C., the Reverend Joe Hoffman welcomed his congregation with an unusual liturgy. "Today we celebrate a particular act of faith with the dedication of solar panels on our roof," he announced from the pulpit.
The event, dubbed a "Solarbration," marked the completion of a collaborative project between The Appalachian Institute for Renewable Energy, North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light and Sundance Power Systems of Asheville, that installed a 10 kilowatt system of 42 solar panels,
Across the country, groups like Interfaith Power & Light are working with communities of faith, recruiting them to a common cause to help reduce their carbon footprint. As the price of solar falls and its popularity grows, more and more congregations are putting faith in solar power.
"We want to communicate to people that it is the business of the faith community to care for the environment," Hoffman says. "That is what it means to be a person of faith."
Joy Hughes, Founder, Solar Gardens Institute http://www.solargardens.org
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