Solar Power Shines on Local Church
In mid-September, the Cumberland First Baptist Church installed a 9,000-watt, 36-panel rooftop solar array. The project is being carried out under the auspices of the Eastside Creation Care Network (ECCN), an affiliate of Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light, a state-wide, faith-based movement advocating for energy efficiency and renewal energy.
Grant seed money acquired by ECCN, along with other outside grant funding incentives and a church capital campaign, made possible this long-time aspiration. Grant money is tied to the congregation’s successful effort to reduce energy consumption in the church building and within members’ homes.
According to project chair and Pastor T. Wyatt Watkins, “Not only will this solar installation pay for itself in a short number of years, it also is intended to be a model for other congregations on the viability and good sense of investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We can help strained congregational budgets by lowering energy costs while also honoring our mandate to care for the Earth.”
A Solar Sunday celebration was held during worship on September 21, followed by a reception attended by church members, community leaders and residents.