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Solar Electric Power for our Church

Status: In the fall of 2012 our Vestry approved the Climate Team's proposal for a roof-mounted 5kW photovoltaic system. We will contract for the system when we acquire the needed funds.
Why: To demonstrate this spiritual community's earth-stewardship response to the climate crisis while offsetting a substantial percentage of our electricity costs.

Roof-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic System

(Example of photovoltaic system mounted on a local barn.)

Cost/Funding/Revenue: The present estimated cost range for the system is $15,000 to $17,500. Funding will be sought via designated contributions by parishioners especially dedicated to the concept.
Since NC does not sanction “net metering,” all power generated will be sold to French Broad Electric Membership Corporation at about $.04 per kWH, with NC Green Power adding Renewable Energy Credits (“RECs”) of $.08 per kWH. As the system should generate about 7200 kWH annually, the income would be about $864.
Technical: Approximately 20 photovoltaic panels will be mounted on the south-facing roof over the offices and classrooms. The annual 7200 kWH expected to be produced represents approximately 40% of the church's usage.
Questions? Call (828-689-2853) or email Dick Jordan:

Church Garden

(Right: CHS community garden at its initial blessing in the spring of 2012.)

Church Community Garden

People interested in creating a church garden met early in the spring of 2012 and made plans for the first Holy Spirit Garden, which has continued on a yearly basis. A garden plot was plowed near the Bone Camp Road entrance to the church driveway. Four teams of four people plant and maintain the garden throughout the summer. More than a dozen varieties of vegetables are planted, producing a bountiful crop throughout the summer and on into the fall. Church members enjoy the harvest along with people at Neighbors-in-Need. Fresh produce is delivered to Neighbors in Need during the harvest season.

The Clothesline Challenge

Avoiding the use of an electric or gas clothes dryer is part of our effort to use less energy, focusing on the amount of electricity (usually generated by the burning of coal) that we consume in our homes. Depending upon your family size and lifestyle, your clothes dryer accounts for 10% - 30% of your home energy use. The Climate Team and more than thirty other members of the parish have pledged use clotheslines and indoor drying racks as their primary means of drying clothes. The pledge drive is ongoing and all are encouraged to make their pledge.


Resource: Project Laundry List is a non-profit with a national focus begun in 1995.


(Banner photo courtesy of Susan Sewell. Church garden and barn with solar panels
courtesy of Lorrie Cooper. Clothesline photo courtesy of