Church Buys 100% “Green” Electricity

On June 12, 2002, All Saints Parish in Brookline contracted with Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light (MIP&L) to become the first church in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to purchase 100 percent of its electricity from renewable resources.

Brookline, Massachusetts – September 11, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] All Saints has signed up through MIP&L to buy ReGen, a product of Sun Power Electric, a Westborough, Massachusetts based company. “By purchasing green electricity, our parish is making a powerful statement about the important role that faith-based organizations must play in caring for creation,” said Laura Vennard, Senior Warden of All Saints. “As more congregations sign up for green electricity, the electricity supply and the air we breathe will become cleaner and cleaner.” All Saints has undertaken an aggressive energy stewardship campaign based on conservation and efficiency that is expected to save the church seventeen thousand dollars a year. A little more than 10 percent of those savings will be applied to cover the costs of green electricity. The result is that All Saints will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by over fifty percent and still save up to fifteen thousand dollars a year. “Our mission at Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light is to help the community of faith: Save Energy, Save Money, Save the Planet, Protect the Peace, Protect Human Health and Create Jobs too,” said Lara Hoke, MIP&L Outreach Director. “All Saints is the first to buy green, but there are a dozen other congregations that are going through our audit and implementation process, and we are in conversation with another fifty representing the diversity of the community of faith across the State.” Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light, in partnership with the Conservation Services Group of Westborough, is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, a fund administered by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, a quasi public agency established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1998.
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