SunLight General Capital brings solar power to community church

Construction is now complete on a 132kW solar array on the rooftop of the Black Rock Congregational Church of Fairfield. The church plans to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7.

SHR Energy Management, of Weston, Connecticut, developed the project from inception. The solar project was financed and built by SunLight General Capital of New York City. The solar array was built at no cost to the Black Rock Congregational Church. The Church will purchase all of the electricity generated by the system under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

The church, which was founded in 1849, finished construction of a new building, its third home, in 2014. “We were delighted with the opportunity to sponsor renewable energy on our new building. It is very much in keeping with the spirit of the church, which seeks to be a good steward of the environment,” said Ken Brix, Executive Director.

Stacey Hughes, of SunLight General Capital, commented, “We were very pleased to invest in this project. Our investors want to put their money to work not just for financial return, but also in a socially responsible way. Clean solar energy installed for a faith-based community organization is a double win.”

The carbon offset of this rooftop solar system is comparable 89 acres of forest, according to the EPA. Over the life of the PPA, the clean electricity produced is enough to power 224 homes for a year, or to take 342 cars off the road for a year.

“When we heard that Black Rock Congregational Church was planning a new building, we approached the staff right away,” Noel Lafayette of SHR said. “We knew that the church has a commitment to sustainability and that solar power would be a welcome idea.”

SunLight General Capital raises and manages funds that invest in solar projects, typically on small-to-midsize commercial or municipal buildings.

SHR Energy Management is a developer of solar projects, with a primary focus on the Northeast.

Black Rock Congregational Church is a non-denominational, evangelical Christian church with a long-standing presence in the community.

For more information please contact: Stacey Hughes, 212-286-1801 x11, [email protected]

Rooftop solar system at Black Rock Congregational Church.

Rooftop solar system at Black Rock Congregational Church.

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