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Technical information about modules

The Joyce Bartels Memorial Solar Project involves an array of domestically-sourced monocrystalline Sunpower photovoltaic modules with maximal 20kW power rating, mounted in a southern exposure on the sanctuary roof. With expected annual production of 24,000 kWh of energy, the solar project is expected to cover two-thirds of the church’s annual electrical use, saving an estimated $3,000 in utility bills, and substantially cutting the church’s carbon footprint. The project was designed and built by Peninsula Solar of Marquette, MI.



Links to EPA information about climate change:





Assisting this project:

Our church was aided by Michigan Interfaith Power and Light, a non-profit organization helping houses of worship in Michigan. “We offer practical ways to put faith into action by promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainable practices that lead to a cleaner, healthier, and more just world.”


We were also guided by the Meridian Energy Team, which supports energy conservation and promotes renewable energy in Meridian Township.


We were aided and inspired by our friends at Edgewood Church, East Lansing (United Church of Christ), who dedicated their own solar project earlier this year. Ours are the first solar-powered churches in mid-Michigan.


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