This little light of mine…is going solar. On May 3rd the Florida Avenue Baptist Church will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark its achievement of becoming the first African-American church in the District of Columbia to be powered by solar energy.
The project is a joint effort between the historically Black church, LeDroit Park Energy, LLC – the private limited liability company formed by member investors of the Florida Ave Baptist Church that will own and operate the solar system – and Volt Energy, LLC, a renewable energy project development company with offices in Washington, D.C. Volt Energy, LLC installed a 10 Kilowatt system on the roof of the church that will help generate electricity at a significant cost savings and reduce its carbon footprint.
“To be the first African-American church in the District to install a solar power system is a blessing that also comes with a responsibility. We see this is a viable model for other churches to reduce their electricity cost, reduce their carbon footprint and step into the future. The future is clean renewable energy.”
“The installation of the solar energy system is the first step in establishing a new green ministry,” he said. “We will hold workshops for our members on home energy efficiency and sustainability. We also look forward to sharing this blessing and serving as an advisor to the faith community as other churches make this investment.”
This landmark project is already raising awareness of renewable and alternative energy sources throughout the faith based community. A significant feat, considering that it can provide a shinning example to members and their families about the importance of conserving energy and choosing alternative energy sources.
Gilbert Campbell, III, co-owner of Volt Energy said,
The solar project was the first phase, now we are working with the church in establishing a green ministry that will educate church members and the community on renewable energy, energy efficiency, electrical vehicles and sustainable agriculture.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Christopher Tulou, the director of the District Department of Environment and Thomas H. Graham, president, Pepco Region, will join senior pastor Rev. Dr. Earl D. Trent, Jr. in commemorating this occasion next week.
Florida Avenue Baptist Church is a historic church that is located in Washington, DC and has been a leader in the LeDroit Park community for years. For more information, visit http://www.flavbc.org.
Volt Energy is a solar energy company that is headquartered in Winston Salem, NC with offices in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.volt-energy.com.