Historic Raleigh Church switches to solar panels after 150 years
RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – A historic church is now a beacon for the future.
Oak City Baptist Church in Raleigh is moving towards sustainable energy for its current congregation and for congregations to come.
On Friday, church leaders and guests had a moment of prayer for the biggest change to the building in more than 150 years.
“It is a decision that will bless generations to come,” said Rev. William Newkirk.
The decision to put 112 solar panels on the roof was made, largely because of the financial benefit.
“Solar power saves us almost $ 5,000 a year,” Newkirk said.
It would also help the church to continue its work to help the community and the environment.
“They have plans going forward to provide a resilience center, where they can provide electricity to their community in the event of a power outage,” Elizabeth Biser, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Quality. the environment, mentioned.
Church leaders were able to obtain the solar panels through the state’s solar rebate program.
They got $ 27,000 to start.
“The rebate program makes solar power more affordable for nonprofits and churches,” Biser said.
This week, a bipartisan energy package advanced to the General Assembly, which, combined with the rebate program, could help heads of state achieve their goal.
It’s a promise made from the pulpit, to help make a difference in North Carolina’s energy supply.
“It’s a historic church leading the way,” Biser said. “We would be carbon neutral by 2050.”