Going Solar

Energy Efficiency and Solar Resource Guide for Congregations

Download the pdf of our Solar Resource Guide here. It contains some general info about solar, costs and financing, and several testimonials about congregations in California who have gone solar.

The purpose of this guide is to give a short overview of solar/photovoltaic (PV) power and financing as it suits the needs of California congregations in the California Interfaith Power & Light (CIPL) network.  As non-profits with unique cash-flow concerns, congregations often face challenging questions when investigating the possibilities of installing a PV system.

We want to help empower you as you shift to solar energy.  As you consider, plan, and implement a solar energy system for your congregation, please call us.  We are happy to work with you to address  any problems specific to your congregation’s needs. Thank you for your interest in solar and your involvement with CIPL.

“SOLAR SERIES” webinars on financing your system are scheduled from March to June, 2014. These presentations are meant to provide much-needed additional information to congregations who are thinking about going solar and ways to finance a system. Click here to get an update, recordings of webinars, and contact information.

Rebates and Incentives in Your Area: Make sure to check with your local utility to see if they offer rebates and/or other incentives for going solar. Money from the California Solar Initiative may have run out for customers in PG&E and SDG&E territory. Some utility companies have a “Feed-In Tariff” program, meaning you could assist that utility with the California state requirement of 33% renewables by 2020. Simply call the number on your electricity and gas bills and ask to speak to their solar power representative. Also, check out the excellent website www.dsireusa.org for a comprehensive overview of solar resources in the United States.

**Some preferred Solar Companies: as you will read in our Energy Efficiency and Solar Resource Guide, it is important to get at least three separate estimates for your proposed solar project. Here are some companies that have worked with houses of worship before that you may look into:

Luminalt Solar, San Francisco (Grace Tabernacle San Francisco and First UU San Francisco); Jeanine Cotter, (415) 641-4000; mobile (415) 740-8082; email: Jeanine@luminalt.com

Sun Light & Power, Berkeley (Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and St. John’s Oakland); Jeff Barboni, (510) 845-2997; jbarboni@sunlightandpower.com; www.sunlightandpower.com

PermaCity, Los Angeles (Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School, Wilmington); Patrick Hubbard, (323) 692-9264 x216; mobile (310) 736-5682; www.permacity.com

Moore Solar (Temple Sinai of Glendale); Veronica Zerman, (323) 221-1260; cell (213) 760-3820; vzerman@mooresolar.com

SolarCraft (Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre; Congregation Shomrei Torah, Santa Rosa; Covenant Community Church, Vacaville; Scottish Rite Masonic Center, Santa Rosa); Robert Gould, (415) 382-7717; rgould@solarcraft.com; solarcraft.com

SunRun (Prince of Peace Lutheran, Saratoga); (855) 4SUNRUN; www.sunrunhome.com

SunPower Corporation, statewide; Ahnee Min, (510) 260-8325, email: ahnee.min@sunpowercorp.com; www.sunpowercorp.com

**Financing Your Congregational Systems: Companies that can assist your congregation in determining financing methods and/or assit in finding a lender for your solar system. See also webinar page and contact information.

Re-volv: a nonprofit organization building a community effort to finance solar energy projects. RE-volv helps communities by lowering their electricity bill and teaching people about renewable energy. Contact Andreas Karelas, Executive Director, (415) 314-7719, andreas@re-volv.org, www.re-volv.org