Arizona’s Sacred Heart Church and School go solar with two PV systems totaling 100kW. The systems are expected to produce over 270,000kWh of electricity in their first year of operation, and save as much as $40,000 in electrical expenses annually.
As one of the oldest churches in the diocese of Phoenix, Arizona’s Sacred Heart Church and School has been serving the community for many decades. Last month, the church expanded its leadership role by promoting environmental responsibility through installing two solar PV systems at its campus in Prescott, AZ.
The church partnered with Chandler-based Sun Valley Solar Solutions to design and install a 100kW system for the church’s 2000-seat parish, and a 60kW system for their k-8 school. The systems went online on September 12.
Sacred Heart’s solar project consists of more than 620 Bosch solar modules split between both buildings, with Fronius inverters on the school and Solectria on the church. The systems are expected to produce over 270,000kWh of electricity in their first year of operation, and save as much as $40,000 in electrical expenses annually.
Sacred Heart’s business manager, Gene Murphy, acknowledges that the decision to add solar was equal parts pragmatic and ethical.
“We’re very committed to promoting earth stewardship as one of its core tenets,” explained Murphy, who joined the church’s leadership team after nearly two decades managing his own business in Prescott. “At the same time, we also recognize the importance of managing operation costs wherever possible.”
The solar systems are just the latest in a series of cost-saving initiatives Murphy has implemented. Other updates include low-consumption LED lighting, updated plumbing, and new thermal pane windows.
“With energy costs on the rise, we’re constantly looking for anything we can do to offset expenses,” continued Murphy. “Being in Arizona, solar quickly rose to the top of our list because it not only offered the potential for significant savings, but it allowed us to demonstrate a clear commitment to the environment.”
Sun Valley Solar Solution’s Wes Neal served as business development manager for the project. Neal commented: “This is exactly the type of project we really love. We’re always motivated to help customers who truly understand the value of solar as well as the money they can save while also improving our environment. I’m extremely proud to have assisted the church with such an important mission.”