Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 3, 2013

Solar Open House at South Church

The Andover Townsman

---- — Interested in installing solar panels on your house of worship or simply learning more about solar power?

Stop by South Church in Andover, United Church of Christ, at 41 Central St. on Saturday to learn how it is reaping the benefits of its solar installation project.

Since 2012, South Church has been harnessing the power of the sun and enjoying a reduced electric bill. The 52-kW system generates 92 percent of the church’s electricity. When it cannot use all the energy it generates, National Grid buys the excess and gives the church a credit on its bill.

Bill Schroeder, a member of the church’s Green Team, says South Church is reducing its carbon footprint by 55 tons and saving about $3,000 a year on its electric bill as a result of the panels.

Members of the church’s Green Team and environmental interns from Andover High School will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to answer questions. They will share information on determining if a solar project is feasible, financing it, selecting the right solar company, what benefits can be expected and other particulars of solarizing a house of worship.

South Church is joining churches across the state in participating in the first Solar House of Worship Tour, a joint project of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association and Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light. The project is part of the 14th season of the Green Building Open House developed by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. For more information, visit For more information about Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light, visit