St. David’s to Unveil Pilot Solar Project

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On Monday, March 3rd, St. David’s Episcopal Church, Meridian Solar, and Austin Energy will unveil a solar panel project that is unique to downtown Austin and is gaining as a groundbreaking project being closely watched by utility companies around the country.

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An idea that seemed impossible a few years ago, finally came together thanks to Austin Energy's newly created pilot program.

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A project that has been almost 10 years in the making will now allow St. David’s to harness 18% of its energy from solar panels installed on the top level of the church’s parking garage. An idea that seemed impossible a few years ago, finally came together thanks to Austin Energy’s newly created pilot program. This pilot program allows St. David’s to use a sophisticated control system that permits the solar array to be connected to the utility’s electrical service, all while prohibiting excess generation of solar energy from back feeding into the downtown network. St. David’s is able to financially justify the solar investment by taking advantage of Austin Energy incentives, Federal incentives, low interest rates, and improved technology.

Not only will the solar panels allow St. David’s to save on energy costs, but it supports the church’s commitment to be a good steward of the environment. This solar project will have environmental savings similar to planting 4,356 trees in Texas’ parks. St. David’s is a certified GreenFaith Sanctuary, it houses and maintains a certified Wildlife Habitat in the middle of downtown, it is a City of Austin Green Business Partner (Platinum level); and the winner of the 2012 Keep Austin Beautiful Award in the category of Recycling and Waste Reduction.

Press Conference

  •     Monday, March 3, 2014, 10 a.m.
  •     Located at St. David’s, 301 East 8th St.
  •     Parking for news vehicles and live units available in our flat service lot at 8th and San Jacinto
  •     Press conference will take place on the top level of our parking garage (or inside the church in the case of bad weather). Elevators are located inside the parking garage and are accessible via the flat lot.    

Visual Opportunities

  •     Last solar panels being installed
  •     “Flipping the switch” to the project
  •     Scenic shots of downtown
  •     Previously taken pictures and video of the project in progress

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