By Ken Wright
St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights
St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights, is pleased to announce they have been awarded a grant for $19,096, to cover half the cost of a 15 kW solar system for the church. The grant was received from BQuest Foundation through the Solar Moonshot Program administered by Hammond Climate Solutions of San Diego, CA. Grants up to $25,000 are typically awarded, with grant amounts dependent on various factors, including the organization’s need for funding. Grant priority is given to solar projects that have additional funding sources and community support.
This funding, together with matching funds from St. Simon’s will permit the installation of the system on one of the roof areas of the church. The system is expected to produce 75 to 90% of the electricity used by the church, its office, and parish hall. It will reduce annual utility costs and allow the congregation to apply those savings to community aid projects.
The church has contracted with Solar Power & Light of Miamisburg for the work, and anticipates its installation sometime in May this year. It is believed to be one of the first such installations at a church in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
Ken Wright is a member of the Creation Care and Environmental Justice Task Force for the Diocese of Southern Ohio.