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Upcoming Stories | September 24, 2020 | Posted by Lyndsay Ulin
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Sustainability at Stone Church
Stone Church is a gathering place for community and music, transforming over the years through many iterations from church to a music hall, where we now transform sunlight into clean renewable electricity to power our business!
Since August of 2019 we have stepped up our sustainable practices by offsetting a portion of our electrical usage with solar panels. We worked with Brentwood, NH-based ReVision Energy to install a 25.92-kilowatt grid-tied solar electric system.
When the sun is shining, the 81 solar panels on the roof of our building produce electricity that is either used in real-time by the Stone Church, or fed back to the grid where it benefits our community (and earns us a credit). Each year, the system will generate roughly 32,500 kilowatt-hours (kWhs) of electricity, offsetting the equivalent of over 56,000 miles driven in a gas-powered car.
With the help of a USDA REAP Grant, this project will be cash flow positive after the first year, and will save the Stone Church over $100,000 over the lifetime of the system. Combined with efficient air source heat pumps for heating and cooling, we’re also reducing our dependence on fossil fuels along with our carbon footprint by over 30,000 pounds of carbon pollution every year. In addition, an EV charger helps customers and our team travel to and from our location emission free! With solar, Stone Church is fortified for the future, and helping support the health of our planet!