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On Earth Day this past April Westminster dedicated its new solar panel array which consist of 57 solar panels positioned on the roof above our church kitchen and nursery.
During its first five months of operation we have generated 5,910 kilowatt hours of electricity from the panels. This non-fossil fuel power is the equivalent of saving 3,121 kg of CO2 emissions from the environment or eliminating 13,046 miles of driving. We have on brief occasions provided for all of our electrical needs in the Fellowship Hall and Education Building through our solar panels and sold electricity back to Dominion Energy over each of the past three months (17 kilowatt hours in August, 14 kwh in September, and 10 kwh in October). While our financial savings have been less than anticipated over this period, we have made a positive contribution to the environment by generating this portion of our power from “green” sources.
Westminster was the host site for the event serving as the gathering point as well as the primary location for the accumulation of trash bags, etc. We also provided parking for those who needed it, bathroom access, the registration table and a water/refreshment station for the volunteer workers (the UVA Club set up a “water bar” – connected to the church water supply – that filtered and chilled the water so the group did not use disposable water bottles). This provided 17 liters of fresh water during the event.
The trash pickup area ran in the Buckingham Branch Railroad right-of-way from the Culbreth Road Garage to 15thStreet, N.W. – a distance of 1175 feet.
Using 30-gallon collection bags (lawn and leaf bag size), 35 bags of recyclables were collected as well as 23 more bags of debris considered to be non-recyclable. Also, we retrieved a car tire, a chest of drawers, a wall-unit bookcase, a washing machine agitator and a couple of chairs. We were not able to remove three large carpets that were too heavy (but somehow managed to get thrown over the fence from Chancellor St.!) We will make arrangements to have them cut up and removed one day soon.
In all, forty-three people participated – a lot of UVA students but including a number of Westminster members – Nadine Roddy and Jim Brinkerhoff staffed the registration table; James Burch, Dick Redding, Dana Eastman, Peter Gates and Mike Balister joined me and Tom Mullen in picking up trash along the railroad tracks.
I had an opportunity to welcome the group and tout our church’s Green Team. I felt that many of the student volunteers were surprised to learn that our congregation and their Environmental Club had so much in common.
Congratulations to Westminster! We got news last week that we been recertified as an EarthCare Congregation for 2017! We have been an EarthCare Congregation continually since 2014. Each year we take an audit of everything that has been done in the past year to care for God’s creation. Examples from 2016 include:
- At least one outdoor worship service
- Purchase of Eco-Palms for Palm Sunday
- Several Church School classes for both children and adults on earth care
- The use of fair trade coffee for Fellowship time
- A rain barrel to catch water for later use
- Installation of LED light bulbs
- Partnering with other organizations to hold earth care events
Now, in 2017, we have one more very exciting event to celebrate. The solar panels have been installed on the flat roof over the kitchen. You can see them a little from the parking lot, but even better from Common Grounds. They will provide just a small part of the electricity used, but will stand as a strong visible witness to the community that WPC cares for God’ earth. As part of the Earth Day worship on April 23, we will hold a dedication of the solar panels. Please come celebrate this exciting milestone!