Real Goods and Greenzu Team Up to Bring Clean Energy to the Cambrian Park United Methodist Church Congregation

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Real Goods taps Greenzu’s solar PPA finance to help the Cambrian Park Methodist Church install 25kW solar system with no upfront cost. A ribbon cutting for the new solar system will be hosted at the Church on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 at 11am.

“Our objective for the project is to both save money and to do our part in reducing our environmental footprint...with no out-of-pocket costs."

Cambrian Park United Methodist Church will power up their new solar energy system for the first time, November 20, 2011, 11:00 AM. The ribbon cutting will be held at Cambrian Park United Methodist Church at 1919 Gunston Way, San Jose, CA 95124. The event includes presentations from each contributing organization and refreshments. Attendees are also invited to participate in church service beginning at 10:00 AM.

San Jose solar installer, Real Goods Solar, designed and engineered the roof-mounted solar system. The photovoltaic installation consists of 126 solar modules and will produce enough electricity to eliminate almost 90% of the church’s electricity payments over 20 years, an estimated savings of $130,000.

Laurie Flesher, CPUMC Solar Project Chair explained: “One of the key goals of our church is to be good stewards of our environment and resources, including the way we use power. The solar project is the largest and most recent of a series of projects to 'green' Cambrian Park church, and lead in good earth stewardship by example.” CPUMC will contribute to environmental stewardship by reducing approximately 582 tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the life of the system. This is equivalent to planting over 23,000 trees or eliminating the emissions of a mid-sized car driven over 1 million miles.

Even better, CPUMC was able to go solar without a big cash investment by utilizing financing from Greenzu. By signing up for Greenzu's unique solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), the church was able to install the system for no money out of pocket, and will instantly see a reduction in their monthly electricity bills. Greenzu provides the rare option for small commercial organizations to go solar without any upfront cost, and takes care of all maintenance. According to Flesher, “Our objective for the project is to both save money and to do our part in reducing our environmental footprint. Thanks to Real Goods Solar working with Greenzu's solar PPA, all of the pieces came together to meet our project goals with no out-of-pocket costs to us.”

Bruce Chandler, the Solar Power Consultant for Real Goods Solar is pleased to have guided the church through the process of going solar. “Real Goods is proud to be part of this project, working with a dedicated group of people committed to a sustainable future while also contributing to the financial sustainability of CPUMC.”

About Cambrian Park United Methodist Church
We are a Christian community in the Cambrian Park area of San Jose. Our Mission: To grow as disciples of Jesus Christ and to live our faith through action. We want to become better followers of Jesus. We believe that the way to do this is through Bible study, prayer, and connecting our faith to real life issues--to "walk the walk and not just talk the talk." ("Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." James 1:22)
About Real Goods Solar
Real Goods Solar, Inc. is a leading residential and commercial solar energy EPC provider, having installed over 12,000 solar systems. Real Goods Solar offers turnkey solar energy services and has 33 years of experience in solar energy, beginning with the sale in 1978 of the first retail solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in the United States. With 15 offices in California, Colorado and the Northeast, Real Goods Solar is one of the largest residential solar installers in the country. Our mission is to promote the adoption of renewable energy to reduce the human ecological footprint. For more information about Real Goods Solar, please visit or call (888) 56.SOLAR.

About Greenzu
Greenzu specializes in helping small businesses & non-profits go solar, without the upfront cost. Under our Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), Greenzu installs a solar system on your roof in order to sell you reliable, clean energy for the next 20 years. As the customer, you pay no upfront costs or fees, you simply buy electricity from Greenzu at a discount from your current utility rates. As utility rates rise, your savings increase. On top of that, Greenzu provides 100% Free Maintenance for the life of the PPA. To learn more, please visit or contact

Britney Frandsen
Senior Marketing Specialist, South Bay
Real Goods Solar


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