Solar Church Wins Environmental Award

A Seattle church that installed solar won an award for its efforts to combat global warming.

Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church received the recognition from Interfaith Power & Light, a national group that encourages religious congregations across the country to address global warming by reducing their carbon footprint.

The church’s system–installed by A&R Solar in 2015–saves six tons a year of carbon dioxide from electricity that isn’t drawn from the electrical grid. In 2015, St. Andrew’s will have reduced or offset approximately 80 percent of its carbon emissions.

The effort is part of a covenant adopted by the National Episcopal church aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from every facility it maintains by a minimum of 50 percent by 2019.

The church also installed an eGauge monitoring system to help track the solar panels’ production and the facilities energy consumption.

All parishioners who install solar with A&R will receive up to a $500 referral bonus, and the church will receive a matching donation.

The church is active in a variety of environmental initiatives, including serving shade grown coffee, growing organic produce, which is used as part of its feeding ministries, and having a robust recycling, on-site composting and waste management system.

Read more about Saint Andrew’s solar panels.