PCC's New Solar Panels
“Man has been appointed as a steward for the management of God’s property, and ultimately, he will give account for his stewardship.” – Luke 16:2
Leveraging a gracious gift specified for infrastructure upgrades, the church has just installed a sizable collection of solar panels. Piedmont Community Church is blessed to be able to take on a project with three important criteria:
- Cares for God’s gift of the earth by reducing our carbon impact.
- Actually saves money in the long run.
- The capital to make the up-front investment is available.
The expected Return on Investment for the project is approximately seven years and the system should last for decades to come.
But that doesn’t mean the energy savings won’t impact PCC until the 2020’s. In fact, the contrary is true. The church will have reduced carbon emissions immediately and the reduction in operating costs also starts this day forward. “The ability to combat global climate change while simultaneously providing for the church’s economic health long-term is unquestionably a ‘win-win’ scenario,” says Board of Trustee’s Tim Recker, chair of PCC’s Finance Committee. “We believe that this type of investment demonstrates our desire to be good stewards of both our financial and environmental resources.”
Senior Reverend Dr. William McNabb comments, “God created this wonderful home we call earth and he gave it to us to take care of. He gave us ‘dominion’ over the earth. So technically we are stewards of this planet.”
PCC solicited several bids and the project was awarded to SunWork Renewable Energy Projects out of Milpitas. They wasted no time getting to work and with a start date of August 4th, the project went operational on August 18th. “The solar cells are operating just as we expected; so far, so good.” Adds Jim Kellogg who chairs PCC’s Building and Grounds committee. “As any owner of a building knows, there can always be unexpected snags with any large project and these can lead to overruns in time and money. Luckily, our installation went off without a significant problem.” Thank the Lord; literally for the members and staff of Piedmont Community Church.
Reverend McNabb continues, “I was excited when I heard about the solar panel project because anything we can do to cut down on fossil fuel use and move toward renewable energy helps the planet. To me this project fits perfectly with being good stewards of the earth.”
And although the sight of solar panels on rooftops have become quite commonplace, the installation of 74 on the church’s south-facing roofing has been accomplished with very little visual impact to the building. Most members and visitors don’t even know they are there. But PCC wants everyone to know and hopes that its congregation and others continue to care for God’s ultimate gift; this singular planet we call home.