First UCC Northfield Goes Solar


First United Church of Christ of Northfield will be installing a solar panels on their building this summer.  This week, The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources notified First United Church of Christ that they were recipients of funds through the Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program.  These incentives, paid over the course of ten years, will allow First UCC to place a 15 Kilowatt solar array on a south facing roof of their church building.  The church is working with All Energy Solar, headquartered in Minneapolis, and will be installing TenK panels.  The TenK panels are manufactured in Bloomington. 

At a special congregational meeting held March 16th, congregation members voted unanimously to install the panels.  First UCC Moderator Mary Carlson said, "Installing a solar array is one step that our church can take to respond to God's call to care for creation, and to respond to climate change, the most all-encompassing social justice issue of our time.”  Senior Minister Todd Smith Lippert added, “It is time to think differently about how we use energy and where it comes from.  Hopefully, our solar array will encourage others to transition towards renewable energy sources too.”