From Amherst to Andover, Hopkinton to Cambridge, ten churches across the state will be open to visitors on October 5 as part of the first annual Solar House of Worship Tour, a collaboration of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) and Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light.
The churches on the tour report saving as much as $6700 annually due to their solar panels. The participating churches are:
Addresses and more details about the solar installations at participating churches can be found at http://bit.ly/2013SolarHOWTour
This is the 14th season of NESEA’s Green Building Open House which serves as an opportunity to learn about the latest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, see projects in their communities, and talk to the site owners and the professionals involved in the design and installation of the projects. NESEA collaborates with the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour happening on the same day and this year kicks off National Energy Action Month.
Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light (MIP&L) joined the tour this year after the successful launch of its Solar Power for Houses of Worship offer one year ago. In partnership with Sun Bug Solar of Arlington, MIP&L offered churches low cost leases that allowed them to install the panels with no money upfront. The monthly lease payments are typically about 10% less than what they would otherwise pay their utility for the amount of electricity the panels produce. Four of the churches on the tour took advantage of this offer.
For more about Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light, visit www.mipandl.org
For more about the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, visit www.nesea.org .
For more on the Green Building Open house, visit http://www.nesea.org/gboh/
NESEA partner, Energy Sage, hosts the full list of over 350 Green Building Open House tour locations at http://www.energysage.com/projects/nesea-gboh-listing/.