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North Ryde Community Church goes solar

North Ryde Community Church has just “cut the ribbon” on a brand new 2.2 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system on their church building, and another system for their manse is on the way.

North Ryde Community Church has just “cut the ribbon” on a brand new 2.2 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system on their church building.

The church started seriously considering generating their own solar electricity early in the year, as a part of their church’s mission planning process.  The congregation felt called to care for God’s creation and to stand in solidarity with the communities across the world which are threatened by climate change.  Already, some six members of the congregation of approximately a hundred people have solar systems on their homes.

The church saw an opportunity to engage the broader community in environmentally conscious living through its installation of a solar power system.  As it was recognised that not all of the church members would be able to  install a system on their own home, those who would like to show their environmental consciousness were offered the opportunity to give a donation towards the cost for the church to do so.  Indeed, North Ryde Community Church’s system was entirely paid for (after rebates) by interest-free loans totalling $8,000 from congregation members.

The church chose SolarSwitch for the design and installation of their system, and were particularly impressed with the experience of the company and the seven year warranty on workmanship. 

Thanks to the NSW Government “Solar Bonus Scheme”, which awards small generators of renewable energy a premium for all the power they produce, the system will pay for itself in less than five years.  After that, the church will save on its electricity bills, and free up money to support other mission projects.

Pam Ward, secretary of North Ryde Community Church and a member of the church's environment team, said: "Irrespective of one's stand on climate change, the use of solar power to provide renewable clean electricity benefits our own community in many ways. Money gained from selling green energy can be used in the wider mission of the church."

A 1.5 kilowatt system for the manse has now been ordered.