When Father George Oonnoonny came to St. Christopher-St. Patrick Parish, the St. Christopher church campus alone was using $1,800-$1900 a month on electricity, and faced a number of deferred maintenance issues including the need for replacement of their 50+ year old roof—not a small task. After a variety of strategies were implemented to reduced electricity use, they achieved only a nominal reduction since their campus is in use for many types of programs 7 days a week, 12 hours a day. Their council suggested they explore solar, and Energize NY, together with a local solar expert, was able to put together a plan for the church to get a new roof, get a large enough solar installation to offset 100% of their electricity use, and wrap it into one financing that would cover both efforts, at a rate that cost them less than their annual electric costs!
They were also able to take advantage of solar incentives through NYSERDA’s NY SUN program, and Energize NY was able to bring in a financing reduction cost through a special partnership with Westchester County.
The Church was built in 1964 and the property has 5 buildings that are part of St. Christopher’s Parish including the Church, Rectory, a community classroom and 2 outbuildings, totalling 181,000 sq ft.
Their roof mounted 36 kW solar electric system supplies 100% of the electric consumed for the whole property.
|● Roof: $40,000|
|● Solar System: $130,000|
Annual Average Net Cash Flow to Owner:
Clean Energy Finance Forum, Yale, May 22, 2016: Property-Assessed Clean Energy Aids the Nonprofit Sector
Cortland Patch, June 30, 2016: St. Christopher's Church Goes 100% Solar
PV World Magazine, July 1, 2016: New York State Catholic Church Goes 100% Solar with Energize NY PACE Finance, PACE financing and Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds helping nonprofits go solar in NY.