La Mesa Courier -St. Martin of Tours is now generating its own electricity from the sun

St. Martin of Tours in La Mesa now runs on Sullivan Solar Power. The local Catholic parish, which is also home to the St. Martin of Tours Academy, flipped the switch on a 68,020-watt solar system. They anticipate saving more than $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.

“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, present pastor, in a press release. “We are helping save our planet while reducing our expenses too – it’s definitely a win-win situation.”

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 6,126 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.

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