Unitarian Universalists to Celebrate Status as First Church in Anaheim to 'Go Solar' at February Dedication Ceremony

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The 26-panel solar power system is expected to offset the carbon dioxide emissions from more than 23,000 gallons of oil during its lifetime

On Thursday, February 18th at 12:00 noon, the Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim (UUCA) will be holding a dedication ceremony for its recently installed "Roof-Mounted Solar Power System," making it the first church in the history of Anaheim to "go solar".

Officials from Anaheim Public Utilities Department will be present, along with representatives from Vaha Solar, the provider and designer of the solar system.

UUCA members will talk about how going solar achieved important spiritual and economic goals for the congregation.

Recently connected to the electrical grid, photo-voltaic panels on the UUCA building's roof will provide up to 4000 watts during the summer to help supply the electrical power needs of the fifty year old congregation. The congregation voted unanimously in May to install the system. A rebate from Anaheim Public Utilities reduced the cost by a third, and members donated additional funds to increase the power output by another kilowatt.

"This kind of system is in line with our spiritual beliefs," said the UUCA's Minister, Lee Marie Sanchez. She explained, "Unitarian Universalist principles include concern for the environment and the 'interdependent web of life' here on this planet. This system will help reduce fossil fuel use."

Gaye Tomlinson, of VAHA Solar consulting in Anaheim, said that solar power systems are in increasing demand, as people realize that they can save money as well as reduce damaging carbon emissions. "We were glad to see UUCA get behind this project; we think they are the first Anaheim church to install this type of system."

The UUCA expects a yearly production of 8200 KWh, saving the church around $150/month in electrical bills. This translates to a rate of return on the church investment of over 7% a year. With expected increases in utility rates, increasing savings should pay off the total cost of the system within
9 years.

WHO:
Representatives from the UUCA, Anaheim Public Utilities, Vaha Solar, the interfaith religious community, and other important guests.

WHAT:
Dedication Ceremony for "Roof-Mounted Solar Power System"

WHEN:
Thursday, February 18th, at 12:00 Noon.

WHERE:
Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim
511 S. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, California
(714) 758-1050
http://www.uuchurchoc.org

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