California: San Leandro church goes solar

Local congregation to install 9.24kw solar power system

[All Saints Episcopal Church press release] This month, as part of a comprehensive greening project, All Saints Episcopal Church in San Leandro, California, will have a 9.24kw solar power system installed on the church. This system will include 33 panels and will generate enough electricity to cover the church’s entire electricity bill. This greening project at the church has also brought heightened awareness around recycling and other energy-efficiency improvements to the congregation.

All Saints is a member congregation of the Diocese of California and has embarked on this greening project through the support of the United Thank Offering. The solar panel system will be installed by SunWork Renewable Energy Projects, a nonprofit in California’s San Francisco Bay Area that installs solar electricity systems on small-energy-footprint homes and nonprofit companies with the help of trained volunteers. More information about SunWork can be found online at www.sunwork.org.

The Rev. Justin R. Cannon, rector of All Saints, is a strong advocate for environmental causes. He is the founder and director of Holy Hikes, leads a noontime “Celtic Earth Mass” every Wednesday at the church, and believes that “we cannot honor the Creator if we do not care for God’s creation.”

All Saints is an inclusive, welcoming, and progressive Episcopal congregation nestled in the heart of the Broadmoor district in San Leandro. As San Leandro’s only Episcopal congregation, in addition to spiritual services and support, the church also supports local homeless services and operates a monthly food pantry, which offers free groceries to those in need. The church holds Sunday Services at 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. More information can be found online at www.saintsalive.net.

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