Solar Panel Installation Project
“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the name of the Lord is to be praised.”
We are happy to announce that we are installing a solar panel system–often referred to as photovoltaic, or PV, system—on campus. Once completed, this system will provide most of the congregation’s electrical needs.
Why are we doing this?
As you know all too well, energy costs are rising and there is no end in sight. The tens of thousands of dollars the congregation spends each year on energy aren’t available, then, to support outreach in our community, ministries throughout our nation or missions around the world. Current projections indicate that the new PV system could generate average annual savings of $40,000 over twenty-five years. Secondly, as a congregation we would exercise faithful stewardship, of not only our financial resources, but of our environment. Thirdly, St. John’s would demonstrate that Christians care about the environment and community.
What does the project include?
Solar panels will be installed on the south-facing slopes of the parish hall and of the athletic field storage building. The PV system will connect to the main electrical power panels located at the southwest corner of the parish hall. Additionally, we may have to “top off” a few tall trees along the property line immediately west of the parish hall.
What will it cost?
The estimate for purchasing and installing the PV system is $260,000. This includes the solar panels, micro-inverters, permit, inspection, and tree mitigation. The estimate also includes a 10% contingency to cover unexpected costs.
How will it be funded?
Several donors have already graciously designated $52,000 to begin the project. That represents 20% of the estimated total project cost. Thanks be to God! Because of these generous gifts, we have decided to begin work on the project. The additional required funds ($208,000) still need to be gathered through offerings, gifts, and reserve funds.
Who is working on the project?
Green Stock Solar, a local contractor licensed with the state, will design, install and connect the solar panel system. Green Stock Solar will also monitor and maintain the system, as needed.
When will the work begin and end?
The project is currently in permit review with the City of Napa. Once that process is complete, we will be able to announce dates. The project will take approximately three months.
What can I do?
- Pray for God’s blessing and guidance on this project and safety for those who are working.
- Pray also for the God to provide the funds needed to complete the project.
- Please also prayerfully consider making an offering for the completion of this project. Please designate such offerings as “Rising of the Sun Solar Project.”