West Raleigh Presbyterian Church

West Raleigh Presbyterian Church

West Raleigh is a More Light Congregation!

Following the risen Christ, and seeking to make the Church a true community of hospitality, the mission of More Light Presbyterians is to work for the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and in society.

Solar Array Project

West Raleigh Presbyterian Church has gone solar! 

IMG 6797Our solar array consists of 50 solar panels with a maximum generating output of 15.5 kW of power when the sun is brightest.  Given seasonal and weather variables, we anticipate this system will generate as much as 19,000 kWh of energy over a typical year.  This will reduce our CO2 output by as much as 29,000 tons per year.
The panels were installed in late 2015 by local solar installer NC Solar Now.  We are very grateful to all of the church members who donated so generously to make this solar system a reality.  What a great way to help care for God’s creation!

The Array

The solar panels should generate ~19,000 kWh/year for at least 25 years. Electricity generated will be used by the church. Any excess will be sold to Duke Power through net metering. The system is expected to reduce our electric bill by approximately $2,400 per year.

Is it big enough to run the church?
Not in the summer. Air conditioning is a huge consumer of power. In fall and spring, it is likely that solar will be sufficient (or nearly sufficient) many weekdays. Over a year, the proposed solar installation will provide roughly 10% of the church’s consumption of power

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Environmental Benefits

Each year the solar array should generate about 19,000 kWh of power. 

In one year this is equivelant to

  • Removing 29,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
  • Removing 120 pounds of sulfur dioxide from the atmosphere
  • Removing 40 pounds of nitrogen oxides from the atmosphere
  • Removing 31,194 vehicle-miles from the road
  • Preventing 14,072 pounds of coal from being burned
  • Planting 336 trees to help sequester carbon

 For calculations, see http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/refs.html.


Questions? Concerns?

See responses to frequently asked questions at wrpc.org/solarFAQ
or email Eric Baucom.


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WRPC welcomes EVERYONE. Our Congregation values inclusion across faith experiences, sexual orientations, gender expressions, and cultural backgrounds.

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Stephen Ministers are lay persons who serve Christ by serving others in their time of need.

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The WRPC Arts Ministry glorifes God by studying and creating art to inspire worship, enhance education, and engage the community.

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We gather to nurture our faith, support missions, work for justice, and build community.

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WRPC has been an Earth Care Congregation since 2014.

PCM RaleighPresbyterian Campus Ministry of Raleigh seeks to be a unique voice of God’s grace on the college campuses in our community.