Zero-Down Solar Lease Helps Abundant Life Church Eliminate Electric Bill

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Non-profit organizations are typically at a significant disadvantage when trying to purchase a solar system, which is largely subsidized via tax incentives. Vista Solar's solar lease helped Abundant Life Church install a 67.9kW solar system with no upfront capital investment and over $600K of savings.

67.9kW Solar System at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church

As a church, we are always looking for ways to cut expenses without compromising our ministry; Vista Solar helped us do that.

After years of watching utility costs progressively absorb more church funds, Abundant Life Assembly of God Church board members had had enough. The church reviewed roughly a dozen commercial solar installers before narrowing down the field to two companies. In the end, Abundant Life selected Vista Solar because of their professionalism and zero-down solar lease solution that helped the church monetize the many tax incentives subsidizing solar. "As a church, we are always looking for ways to cut expenses without compromising our ministry; Vista Solar helped us do that." said Greg Wendschlag, Pastor of Abundant Life Assembly of God Church

Charged with the task of eliminating the church’s energy bill, Vista Solar constructed solar systems on three different roofs with three different pitches. When the total production was only reaching 74% of the production goals, Vista Solar incorporated high-efficiency SunPower panels to bridge the gap. With SunPower high-efficiency solar panels, Vista Solar offset 100% of the church’s electricity needs and effectively eliminated the electric bill. Using SunPower solar panels also allowed Vista Solar to achieve these goals with fewer panels, thereby requiring less rooftop space. The church leaders also appreciated the aesthetics of the SunPower solar panels, which are prominently displayed on the sanctuary. During the installation Vista Solar maintained a safe and non-disruptive work site, which was especially important since the church has a school on-site. The installation went so smoothly that “half the time, we didn’t even know they were there,” said Board Member Bob Mincy.

With the help of Solar, the leadership of Abundant Life has enhanced the church’s long-term financial health and freed funds that they can rededicate to the service of their congregation and their faith. Over the term of the operating lease, the church expects to save more than $24,000, and over the guaranteed 25-year lifetime of the system, Abundant Life is projected to save over $600,000.

About Vista Solar Inc.
Vista Solar is an award-winning solar design and installation firm serving the commercial and agricultural markets throughout California. Vista Solar offers $0-down financing solutions that allow organizations and businesses to save money on their utility bills without any capital outlay. Vista Solar is driven by the fundamental principle that the job isn’t complete until each customer is reference-able.

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