Delaware County Councilwoman Elaine Schaefer and Delaware County’s Chief Sustainability Officer Francine Locke  joined Solarize Delco, members of Temple Lutheran Church, State Rep. Mike Zabel, and Haverford Board of Commissioners President Gerry Hart to announce the largest solar installation by Solarize Delco on July 28 in Havertown.

The  congregation installed a 44 kW, grid-tied, solar array at Temple Lutheran church with the help of its Environmental Committee and Solarize DelCo, an all-volunteer program of neighbors helping neighbors to go solar. The electricity produced on the roofs of the church buildings is enough to offset 100% of the annual electricity usage and eliminate 24 tons of carbon emissions annually.

Schaefer commended Solarize Delco, Temple Lutheran Church, and the Haverford community.

“Thanks to your dedication, hard work, and commitment to the environment—we are a greener and cleaner county!” said Schaefer. “The County is also committed to incorporating solar energy into our own operations, and in the coming months we will be announcing efforts to increase solar production and we’ll be partnering with our neighboring counties to invest in and secure solar sources to power our county.”

Residential solar installation projects will assist in reducing the County’s overall carbon emissions and align with the County’s energy transition targets that will be included in the County’s sustainability plan.

Why go solar? It’s good for the environment, our health, and our wallets.

  • Using solar power instead of conventional forms of energy reduces the amount of carbon and other pollutants that are emitted into the environment. Reducing the amount of carbon in our atmosphere translates into less pollution and cleaner air and water.
  • According to the US Department of Energy, solar energy can help to reduce the cost of electricity, contribute to a resilient electrical grid, create jobs, and spur economic growth.

You can learn more about the benefits and incentives to go solar here.