On September 25, 2016 Ascension’s General Assembly unanimously voted to install solar panels to eliminate our $80,000 per year PG&E energy bill.
A Solar energy system will be a major step towards balancing our budget, allowing our parish to expand ministries and get our Endowment growing again. A 503 solar panel system will be installed on the roofs of our buildings. Since our campus has expansive southern exposure, we will enjoy a highly efficient source of solar energy. This renewable energy system is also our response to the call of His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew to practice environmental stewardship.
Our community has been given a tremendous head start through the anonymous donation of $100,000.00 by a long-time Ascension family towards this project. In addition, $40,000 from a dormant account was earmarked by the General Assembly towards this project.
Project costs include the replacement of the roofs where the solar panels will be installed. These original roofs are over 40 years old and need to be replaced. The estimated cost of replacing the roofs is $100,000.00. The cost of the solar system is $386,000.00. The total project cost is $486,000.00.
- With the $140,000 we already have; all we need to raise is $342,000.
- The General Assembly agreed to have this project funded by the end of 2016 and the installation process to begin immediately.
- The system will go live by June and we will reap energy saving of approximately $40,000 in 2017.
- $80,000 per year in energy costs savings will then pay back this investment in approximately four years.
How YOU can help
The Parish Council and General Assembly is calling upon our entire community to raise $342,000 by December 31, 2016. Every pledge is a vote for the future of our Cathedral community. Every donation will make a difference.
Make a gift towards this project today. Sponsor one or more solar panels at $1000 each. Just 342 sponsors and the project will be totally funded. For your convenience, we can charge your credit card with a one-time payment or over 12-months.
Our vendor, Solar Technologies, will give a $500 discount to any Ascension parishioners that purchases a solar system from them for their home and will donate $1000 to the Cathedral.
It’s our time to shine!
Please give prayerful thought to your families’ participation in this project. It is a financially smart and environmentally responsible way for Ascension Cathedral to secure its future.
To learn more or make a donation please contact me or visit the information table during coffee hour each Sunday. If you already have all the information that you need to make a gift, a pledge card is attached.
Ready to donate now? Make a pledge and secure online donation via our online form here.
Solar Campaign Chairman
925.935.5400 x 101