House of Worship Solar Electric Installation Project Profile

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft, a leading North Bay solar installer for over 35 years,  recently completed the installation of a 111 kW DC solar system at New Life Christian Center in Novato, CA.  The system is designed to offset close to 93% of their annual utility bills for the church and school facilities.  New Life is reducing their operating costs by thousands every month and stabilizing energy expenses for decades to come.

The solar power system is roof mounted for maximum southern sun exposure and consists of 309 high-efficiency solar panels, producing 155,996 kWh annually.  Excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use.

The church is displaying community leadership by promoting environmental responsibility through the implementation of the solar photovoltaic system, but also recognizes the importance of managing operation costs wherever possible.  SolarCraft presented to the Church new financing options which are very favorable for non-profits and deliver sound financial returns.

SolarCraft presented very favorable financing options, which allow non-profits to benefit from federal incentives.  With a lease or PPA, the provider is able to monetize federal incentives and passes the benefits through to non-profits via lower lease payments, or as in a PPA, lower contracted utility rates. Additionally, leases and PPAs are designed to minimize or eliminate initial up-front costs, making solar immediately affordable for non-profits that want to be green.

During the life of the system, over 6 million pounds of carbon dioxide generated by New Life Christian Center’s operations will be eliminated.  This impact is equivalent to removing air pollution produced by nearly 10 million miles of driving over 25 years or the pollutants removed by 53 acres of trees in one year.

About New Life Christian Center

New Life Christian Center facility is shared by New Life Church and Marin Christian Academy, located in Novato, CA. The church is associated with the Assemblies of God (AG). New Life is a community of believers committed to the Great Commission (making disciples of nations) in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Marin Christian Academy is an accredited, independent, faith-centered school for students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Throughout the school’s history, MCA has remained dedicated to educational excellence in a nurturing and uplifting environment.

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