East Whittier Presbyterian Church (EWPC) is banking on sunshine for its electricity after installing solar energy panels on its sanctuary and church school buildings.
The solar energy system was formally dedicated on June 5. Wouldn’t you know the day was unusually warm, and after the ceremony everyone rushed into the luxuriously-cool air conditioning of Purdy Hall, knowing that the refreshing air conditioning was environmentally efficient AND less expensive!
At the ceremony, onlookers, including Joe Vinatieri, Mayor of Whittier, Tom Cramer, leader for vision and mission at the Los Ranchos Presbytery, and dozens of EWPC congregants, applauded as Reverend Jeff Rumble flipped the ceremonial switch.
Also participating in the ceremony were Andrew Hoesly of Solar Forward, who designed and installed the panels; Santiago “Jim” Reyes, roofing contractor; Becky Prosser, Howard Hawkins, George Reed and Steve Saunders of EWPC’s solar committee; Eric White, information technology coordinator, and George Reed, EWPC project manager.
EWPC’s mission to install a renewable, non-polluting energy source and become independent of fossil fuel began two years ago when an anonymous donor funded the project.
The solar panels promise a solid financial return. According to Ms. Prosser, in its first month of solar operation the church saved $539.57 compared to the same time period of 2015. In 12 months’ time the church can expect to save between $8,659.00 and $10,659.00 on electric bills, and over 30 years the church can to save about $571,520.00!