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Local Catholic organization fights climate change while saving money with Sullivan Solar Power system
LA MESA, Calif. (March 8, 2018) – St. Martin of Tours in La Mesa is one of the latest churches in San Diego County to ditch fossil fuels and convert to Sullivan Solar Power. The local Catholic parish, which is also home to the St. Martin of Tours Academy, recently flipped the switch on a 68,020-watt solar system. They are anticipated to save over $1,484,900 over the lifetime of the system, which will be reinvested into the church, on-site academy and 1,500 families that St. Martin of Tours serves.
In 2015, Pope Francis released an encyclical, “Laudato Si’, which prompted Catholic leaders to take action against climate change. At that time, Bishop McElroy from the Roman Catholic Dioceses of San Diego expressed his concern for the lack of adoption of solar power in the 99 parishes within the local diocese. He strongly suggested that all parishes and schools begin the process of installing solar panels.
In the spring of 2017, Father Jim Poulsen, then pastor of Saint Martin of Tours parish, began exploring solar for the campus. Present pastor, Father Chris Kintanar, worked with local solar firm Sullivan Solar Power to bring solar project to completion this past week.
“As we know, solar power systems derive clean, pure energy from the sun; these systems also combat greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our collective dependence on fossil fuel,” said Father Chris Kintanar, “We are helping save our planet while reducing our expenses too – it’s definitely a win-win situation.”
Part of the academy’s mission statement states, ‘Students understand the need for peace and justice, and as responsible Catholics, are challenged to answer the call to service and become engaged citizens of the world.’
“As the principal of St. Martin of Tours Academy, I am very proud that we are one of a few Catholic schools now being powered by solar energy,” said Principal Dimuzio, “What better way to have our students understand the need to care for our environment than to see their school combating greenhouse gas emissions and reducing our collective dependence on fossil fuel energy.”
The solar powered system is comprised of 213 SunPower modules, with an expected useful life of more than 40 years. The Sullivan Solar Power system is expected to generate over 3,555,200 kwh, which is the equivalent to 2,183 barrels of oil not consumed. Sullivan Solar Power will continue to monitor the system, ensuring both the cost savings, health and environmental benefits of the solar system.
“Sullivan Solar Power is proud to assist St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in declaring energy independence, which is reducing their carbon footprint while saving funds that can be reinvested into the La Mesa community,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power.
The majority of solar projects for the San Diego Catholic Diocese have been awarded to Sullivan Solar Power, who has installed 18 solar projects for local Catholic institutions. Sullivan Solar Power created the Catholic Solar Program to help parishes and parishioners save money, fundraise for the parish and create a healthier and safer environment.
For more information about Sullivan Solar Power and the Catholic Solar Program visit www.SullivanSolarPower.com/Catholic-Solar-Program.
About Sullivan Solar Power
Sullivan Solar Power is a turnkey solar system provider that delivers solar electric projects from concept to completion. The company has installed over 70,000,000 watts of solar power ranging from small-scale residential to large-scale commercial and municipal systems. Sullivan Solar Power was founded by Daniel Sullivan in 2004. Sullivan Solar Power has a longstanding A-plus rating with the Better Business Bureau, with no complaints filed since the business began. The firm has been named one of the fastest growing energy companies in the nation by Inc. Magazine and services all of Southern California. Sullivan Solar Power is currently installing solar at Petco Park for the San Diego Padres, which will be the largest solar power system in Major League Baseball. Regardless of project size and scope, Sullivan is committed to delivering the best products and the most qualified professionals to its customers. Visit www.sullivansolarpower.com for more information.