When the sun is shining, the 70 solar panels on the roof of our Community House produce electricity that is either used in real-time by the Community House, or fed back to the grid where it benefits our community (and earns us a credit). Each year, the system will generate roughly 24,667 kilowatt-hours (kWhs) of electricity, offsetting the equivalent of over 42,600 miles driven in a gas-powered car.
The project was financed through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), which means that the church paid no upfront fee to install the solar panels. Instead, an investor pays for the upfront cost through a fund managed by ReVision, while the church pays for the power generated from the solar panels each month, instead of paying for power from the grid. After a period of time, the church can opt to buy the system from the investor (at a significantly reduced price) and own all the solar power generated outright!