In an effort to lower the church’s carbon footprint and encourage wider use of renewable energy, a group has been meeting to consider the possibility of a solar array at First UCC. The Solar Group has a particular proposal for the congregation to consider. We will discuss this proposal Sunday Feb. 2 from 9:30-10:15 a.m. and on Wednesday evening Feb. 5 from 6:15-7:00 p.m. Both discussions will be held in the church library. This proposal involves submitting an application for state incentives for a 15.2 kw solar array on the roof of the office wing of the church. The church’s cost after incentives would be approximately $31,600. The church has the cash on hand to pay the expense and would plan to pay it back through an upcoming capital campaign. To enter the “lottery” for state incentives, the church needs to sign an “installation agreement” before February 28. If we receive state incentives we would then be obligated to pay the expense and install the system. If we do not receive the incentives the agreement is null and void. This decision would need to be made at a special congregational meeting to be called before the end of February. Please bring your questions and your feedback as we continue to discern the appropriateness of this proposal for First UCC.
Solar Discussion Before Worship and at WFFF