A&R Donation Powers Edmonds Lutheran

A church in Edmonds that feeds seniors, hosts 12-step groups, and serves as a learning center for kids is now powered by solar energy, thanks in part to a donation from A&R Solar.

The 9.9 kW system, together with conservation measures, should offset almost a third of the church’s power costs. A volunteer community group selected the church as the recipient of the donation as part of the Solarize South County campaign in 2014. A&R worked with the church for more than a year to make the installation happen.

“Doing social good is baked into our DNA at A&R. We believe that solar energy can make the world a better place in a very fundamental way,” said Reeves Clippard, CEO of A&R Solar.

The system features 36 made-in-Washington panels. It was donated in part by A&R Solar, and itek Energy in Bellingham also contributed. Contributions from the congregation made up the rest.

The system should pay for itself in about five years and keep producing electricity for a few decades.