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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.

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    Solar panels for churches

    November 20, 2023 / By Rev. Merle Showers, Upper New York Creation Care Team member / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Churches in Upper New York can now get solar panels for their churches. There is federal money through the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act to help do this. 

    Why would you want to do this? There are several reasons. First, after about seven years, the money you will have saved due to lower electric bills will have paid for the panels and installation, and the panels will continue to produce for another 18 years or more, giving you free electricity. Second, you will be able to help reduce the amount of fossil fuel being burned to produce your electricity. Third, you’ll continue to be good stewards of God's creation. Four, you’ll help the people of the world who have done the least to cause global warming to continue to live in their land. Five, you will be able to help ensure our children and grandchildren can live in the beautiful creation God has prepared for us. 

    The funding for these initiatives is facilitated by the Office of State and Community Energy Programs in the Department of Energy, which partners with state, local, and tribal governments and community organizations. 

    If your church has already done this, would you be willing to share with churches and church leaders around you? If you have questions about whether this is for you and your church feel free to contact Merle Showers at or call (716) 862-4235. 

    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."