View Solar Production Online You can see a live display of the current power being produced, along with other facts and figures at Wellington’s Solar System Online.
What: Here Comes the Sun! A Celebration of the Move to Solar Energy
When: June 18, 2016 11:30AM
Where: Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ
615 W. Wellington, Chicago IL
11:30 Family Eco Festival – Music, Refreshments, Solar Production Info and Art Project
1-3pm Eco Solar Educational Event: Taking the Lake View Lead in Solar – Learn how you or your institution can move the solar agenda forward in Lake View and the city from the experience of this congregation. No more waiting for “the right moment” It’s urgent that everyone work for more renewable energy and free ourselves from fossil fuels. This “Solar Panel” will discuss the urgency of this effort and the “how-to’s” from grants to installation.
Pam Richart, Eco Justice Collaborative; David Ulrich, Executive Director of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Imitative; Kathy Engert, Project Coordinator; Dorian Breuer, Ailey Solar.
“We hope our move to solar will motivate other congregations, businesses and schools to see this as an investment in the future,” says Pam Richart, Wellington member who has helped guide this process with Ailey Solar. “It’s a smart investment- in only 7 years the savings will have covered our costs, but it’s also meant to help show the way toward a healthier planet”
This action follows the surge of new commitments that came out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change to divest from fossil fuels and transition to renewable energy. While the Agreement was an important step, most scientists agree that the timetable for transition is too slow. NOW is the time to push the transition to renewables forward.
Climate change is only one of several issues where this faith community has taken leadership. In 1984 they were the first congregation in Chicago to offer sanctuary to refugees from Central America. They were the first UCC congregation in Illinois to ordain an openly Gay man in 1976. They have been on the leading edge fighting for the end to the death penalty and are currently an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation.
In November 2014 we won a grant from Illinois Clean Energy to go towards the installation of solar panels. This project was a part of our Capital Campaign. In March 2016 after a lengthy permit process – 64 Photovoltaic Panels were installed on the roof over the theater portion of the building. The panels produce electricity for the church and when it is not needed for our use, the electricity generated goes directly into the local power grid.