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SolarCraft Installs Solar Power for St. James Catholic Church of Petaluma

North Bay Church Saves Thousands with Solar Electricity

SolarCraft solar panel installation at St. James Catholic Church of Petaluma

Sonoma and Novato-based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 26 kW solar panel system at St. James Church of Petaluma, CA.  Designed and built by SolarCraft, the North Bay Church’s system will reduce their carbon footprint and offset almost 100% of their PG&E usage.

The solar system is ground mounted in a visible location near the parking area, demonstrating to the Congregation the Church’s commitment to the environment and sustainability.   The solar system will reduce the church’s electricity bill by over $9,000 in its first year of operation.

The array is comprised of 96 Suniva 270-watt solar panels.  Each of the 96 solar panels is controlled by a microinverter, manufactured by Enphase Energy of Petaluma, CA.  Microinverters are small, compact units directly attached to each solar panel to convert power independently at the panel, maximizing energy production and reducing impacts from shading.   Overall system efficiency is increased by 10 – 12%.

The Church’s solar electric panels will spare the air nearly 30 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over 25 years the system is estimated to offset 873,840 kWh of electricity and the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 2.4 million miles of driving or planting 13 acres of trees.

About St. James Catholic Church of Petaluma

St. James Catholic Church was the second Catholic Church built in Petaluma. It was founded in 1964 and dedicated in 1966. Its architecture is reminiscent of the adobe structures built by early settlers, and the interior is finished in redwood, acknowledging its location in the heart of the redwood empire.  There have been three pastors in its history: Fr. Charles O’Leary, Fr. Michael Cleary, and Fr. Michael Culligan. All three priests were born in Ireland. Just as the Irish are famous for their faith and friendliness, you’ll find those virtues in the parish of St. James.

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Congregation Beth Shalom of Napa Sees the Light

The Sun Shines on Napa Valley Synagogue

SolarCraft announced the completion of a 35 kW solar panel system at Congregation Beth Shalom in Napa, CA.  Designed and built by SolarCraft, the Napa Synagogue’s photovoltaic system will reduce their carbon footprint while saving thousands in utility costs in the years to come.

SolarCraft introduced a new financing option very favorable for non-profits and Congregation Beth Shalom saw the sound financial returns. Essentially, the financing payments for the solar power are less than paying PG&E each month, allowing many houses of worship and spiritual communities to go solar.  They can dramatically reduce their climate footprint, which is very congruent with their values, as well as saving them money, which allows them to provide the valuable services to the community.

“It was very important to our membership that our new synagogue be as green and sustainable as possible,” said Paul Bloomberg, Congregation Member and Remodel Project Manager.  “We are a non-profit so their favorable pricing package, allowing us tremendous cost savings from solar power will have a profound impact on our finances and allow us to focus our resources on our membership and programming. I was very impressed with their professionalism, excellent communication, and expertise.  I was equally as happy when I selected Solar Craft for my personal residence!”

The solar photovoltaic system is mounted on multiple roof top locations and consists of 108 LG 320-watt solar panels.  The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 42,508 kilowatt hours of energy annually, offsetting their PG&E bills by 98 % and providing clean energy to the Synagogue.  Furthermore, Sonoma Clean Power’s favorable rate for solar customers, which give credits for energy exported to the grid, will generate additional savings.

The system’s solar electric panels allow the Congregation to generate enough electricity each day to spare the air nearly 67,000 lbs. of harmful greenhouse gases annually.  Over the life of the system, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 2.7 million miles of driving, or planting 4.3 acres of trees.

About Congregation Beth Shalom
For over sixty years, Congregation Beth Shalom of Napa Valley (known as CBS) has been the center of Jewish life in the Napa Valley.  CBS had its beginnings during World War II as “The Napa Jewish Group”, meeting in members’ homes.  Being the only synagogue in Napa County, they continue to provide a rich religious, educational, cultural and social experience for the increasing number of Jews who have settled here resulting in a congregation of over 300.

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation for First Congregational Church of Sonoma

North Bay Church Makes the Switch to Solar

PR-img-FirstCongregationalChurchofSonoma_PSSonoma and Novato-based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 13.2 kW solar panel system at the First Congregation Church of Sonoma in Sonoma, CA. Designed and built by SolarCraft, the North Bay church’s system will reduce their carbon footprint and offset almost 90% of their PG&E usage.

The solar photovoltaic system is roof mounted on the west facing roof of the Church’s Burlingame Hall and consists of 48 LG 275-watt solar panels. The solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 17,969 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing up to $4,700 in utility savings every year. Furthermore, Sonoma Clean Power’s favorable rate for solar customers, which give credits for energy exported to the grid, will generate additional savings.

SolarCraft presented to the Church new financing options which are very favorable for non-profits and deliver sound financial returns. Essentially, the financing payments for the solar power are less than paying PG&E each month, with no upfront costs. The church is part of Interfaith Power and Light, a nationwide group of 1,800 churches working on climate change, and the first church in the Sonoma Valley to convert to renewable power.

The system’s solar electric panels will spare the air nearly 6 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating over 325,000 miles of driving or planting 6 acres of trees.

About First Congregation Church of Sonoma
Founded in 1869, the First Congregational Church of Sonoma, United Church of Christ is a diverse gathering of folk, many who would describe themselves as progressive Christians. The campus is shared with the Jewish Congregation Shir Shalom, where they live out the phrase on their sign that says “All are welcome.” Their mission is to connect with and serve the community and world. Empowered by the spirit of God and the teachings of Jesus Christ, they seek peace and justice for all. www.sonomaucc.org

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