Green TPPC

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The Takoma Park Presbyterian Church is the spiritual home of many who are working to reverse the effects of pollution and climate change on our planet and preserve the integrity of God's creation.

This page contains news and information on TPPC's efforts at environmental advocacy.

Access the web page of the Environmental Justice Office of the PC (USA) to see what our denomination is doing about these issues.

Let Neighborhood Sun Shine on You

Takoma Park Presbyterian Church members and others in the Pepco area can still sign up for a new community solar subscription from a solar farm right here in Maryland. The state created the community solar program as a way to allow everyone access to solar power, without having to install any equipment on your roof.

Neighborhood Sun, a Silver Spring based benefit company, is offering a subscription to the Panorama Solar Project, which is being built on a former landfill in Fort Washington. The offer is for a guaranteed 5% discount to Pepco for a five-year agreement. It's a way to support new local solar while saving a little money. And this is endorsed by TPPC member and climate activist Mike Tidwell.

To find out more, and to see how to enroll, go to Neighborhood Sun.

TPCC Solar Panels

For the past several months, the Property Committee has been working to install solar panels on the flat roof of the Education Building. Adding solar is now possible thanks to the new $30,000 roof we had installed last year. It is estimated we can produce approximately 30% of our electricity through the 81 panels that will be installed and save over $50,000 in the next 15 years. In addition, because our electricity feeds into the DC electrical grid, we can sell our solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) there. DC's SRECs market is considerably more lucrative than Marylandís thanks to legislation lobbied for by environmental advocates (like church member Mike Tidwell and his organization, Chesapeake Climate Action Network) and passed by the DC City Council.

We are still reviewing proposals from solar installers and need final approval from National Capital Presbytery, but hope to have the panels installed later this year or in early 2019.

From Interfaith Power and Light

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