Sunshine is making a difference at Woodlawn United. It is now more than twelve months since Woodlawn installed 140 Solar Panels to our rooftop. While the cost of the project may have been scary, turning that challenge into opportunity outweighed our fear. Not only would it make a difference to our long term planning to save on expenses but most importantly, it was necessary for Woodlawn United to take some steps to help contribute to reducing our carbon foot print and to help in some small way the climate change issues before us in the world today.
NS Power installed the new bi-directional meter at the church on November 6, 2018. This meter indicates kilowatt-hours (kWh) sold to WUC by NS Power (reading #1) and kilowatt-hours sold to NS Power by WUC (reading #2). On November 6, 2018 both readings were zero (0). Jim read the meter one year later on November 6, 2019 with the following readings:
Reading #1 is 529 (x 60 = 31,740 kWh sold to WUC).
Reading #2 is 554 (x 60 = 32,700 kWh sold to NS Power).
Therefore, over this one-year period the Church is ahead by about 1,000 kWh or a credit of approximately $160!!
This good news story was achieved with the help and support of the Congregation of Woodlawn and the support of the United Church of Canada Faithful Footprint Program. The initial cost of the Project was $139,000. and through fundraising of selling panels or accepting many donations by members of the congregation and the lower interest cost of financing by the HRM’s Solar City Program, we were able to make this project a reality. Eighteen months after we started planning the project, we are pleased to say that we have $36,000 left to pay on the cost of the project.
If you would like to contribute in any way to the outstanding cost of this Solar Panel Project Fund, there are brochures on the welcome table of the Narthex or you can find information on line. Contributions in memory of love ones, in honour of love ones or a contribution to help make a difference in the world are gratefully appreciated. Christmas is a time for celebrating good news. May God and his son Jesus Christ continue to lead the Woodlawn Congregation in 2020 the way he has for the last 135 years on this corner in Woodlawn.
Thank you for your support and God Bless from the Trustees Team.
We live in a time where the necessity for clean energy and energy efficiency has never been more important. Reducing our carbon footprint has become part of how we now live our lives. This includes solar energy as a quickly rising asset in design and development of new architecture, worldwide.
Across Canada, United Churches are doing their part to address the climate crisis by getting their own Church in order by working to reduce their own carbon emissions, by measuring their energy use and reducing their climate pollution, in ways that save money and strengthen congregational renewal.
The United Church of Canada is committing to reducing its carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, in line with the Paris Climate Targets, with an initial focus on buildings – one of the church’s largest source of emissions.
As people of faith we recognize that to bring truly inspiring climate leadership to our communities, we must practice what we preach. Together we can renew our congregations, care for the planet as stewards of the earth, save money, and stop climate pollution. This benefits our world now, and for our future generations of children and grandchildren.
As congregants and good stewards of the earth, we have a responsibility to uphold the values of our United Church mission. Woodlawn will become a trailblazer in the community for Energy efficiency and carbon reduction. We want to be leaders and teachers setting examples for other churches, members and our community.
Hot off the Presses! The project was featured in the Chronicle Herald on September 17, 2018.
Solar Energy has been on Woodlawn United’s radar for many years. During the Accessibility project it was considered, but due to feasibility at that time, it was postponed. This year, the City of Halifax established a new Solar City program to help give residents, churches, and Not for Profit property owners the ability to become our own power producer. With up front project coverage and a fixed 4.75% interest rate over 10 year maximum, the possibility of this project was realized.
More information on Solar City can be found on the Halifax Website .
We acknowledge that we live, worship and work on Indigenous land. We are committeed to Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and recognize that includes aligning ourselves with the values of living with care in Creation.