Living in the light: United Methodist Church solar array goes on line – Stoughton Courier Hub

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It’s not always sunny in Stoughton, but when it is, staff and parishioners at United Methodist Church of Stoughton have reasons to smile just a bit wider.

As you may have noticed if you’ve driven down Wilson Street, big changes are happening at the church, which just went online with a large multi-panel solar array that is expected to cover 93% of its electricity use. UMC pastor Kellen Roggenbuck said the congregation has been working on the project for more than two years.

“Though the project predates my appointment at Stoughton UMC, I have tried to be supportive of the efforts of the faithful church members that have worked so hard on this project,” he said. “The United Methodist Social Principles encourage us to care for the planet, and our congregants took it to heart. It was a large project to raise money for, but we believe it to be a worthwhile project.

“We have space for the panels and we view this as a great opportunity to help utilize sustainable, renewable energy for our building.”

After checking with other churches in the area that had made the move to solar, Stoughton UMC worked with Synergy Solar of Stoughton to execute the large project. They made the final push to begin construction to take advantage of the new rebates for non-profits utilizing solar.

Members of the committee were Tom Olson representing the trustees, congregation members Roger Springman and Ken Chritton, and former pastor Dave Sharpe.

“Bringing solar to UMC was a huge accomplishment because so many members couldn’t do it at their homes,” Springman said. “I love it!”

In an email to the Hub, UMC member and administrative secretary Nina Nevis wrote that she’s thrilled the church has “gone solar.”

“Helping to protect Mother Earth, God’s creation, aligns with our vision, which is all about ‘walking the walk,” she wrote. “On top of that, the savings on our electric bills will allow us to devote more to our mission of welcoming all and building loving relationships that serve God.”

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