Joyce Bartels Memorial Solar Project
Over the past several years our church's Current Events group hosted a series of presentations on environmental concerns, especially regarding climate change, and on how, as Christians, we might best respond to them. Convinced that one excellent way to do so is through the use of renewable energy, our Team started reaching out to people who had come to those presentations to see if they might be interested in financially supporting a solar energy project for our church- support they could give without in any way diminishing the financial support they otherwise would give to our church's ministry.
That effort, which reached out to folks in and also beyond HCC, succeeded in gathering the $59,400 that was needed to put an array of solar panels on the south roof of our sanctuary. The array was designed to generate about two-thirds of the energy we use annually and will save us an estimated $3,000 a year in our energy costs. At its February meeting, our Church Council gave the final go-ahead to this project which we've called the Joyce Bartels Memorial Solar Project in honor of HCC's first and foremost environmental leader.
We happily held a Service of Blessing and Dedication of the project on Sunday April 23rd, the Second Sunday of Easter and the day after Earth Day. Almost exactly one month later on May 22nd the installation of our solar array was completed by our friends from Peninsula Solar. We eagerly awaited a final connection that needed to be made by our local power company, Consumers Energy. That was completed on June 15th so that we're now generating renewable energy from God's gift of the sun!
Our thanks again to all whose support brought this exciting project to final fruition.
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