Cherry Hill, N.J., Church Goes Green With Solar Energy

Powell Energy and Solar completes complex install for Unitarian Universalist congregation, which expects to cut electric usage by 95 percent.
Church solar panel array (Photo by Bill Abrams)
Church solar panel array (Photo by Bill Abrams)
Feb. 7, 2012 - PRLog -- MOORESTOWN, N.J. – Powell Energy and Solar, a regional provider of energy solutions for residential and commercial properties, has completed a solar panel installation for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cherry Hill (UUCCH).  The 438 solar panels – on the ground and on the structure – are expected to reduce the church’s electricity consumption by 95 percent.

The 102.9-kilowatt system was completed under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), in which  an independent third party finances the installation in part or in whole in exchange for the Solar Investment Tax Credit.  Typically, the customer only has to pay a percentage of the normal cost for the power the system generates.  

Located on a 17-acre wooded lot off Kings Highway, the UUCCH property includes the main church and sanctuary building connected to the historic 1778 Unitarian House, and two separate religious education buildings.  All of the church’s structures will draw energy from the solar array.

“This was a satisfying but challenging project to complete, due to the fact the church property is home to a variety of rare species of plants and trees,” says Donald Powell, president of Powell Energy and Solar.  “There is also a very prominent weeping cherry on the Kings Highway side of the property, and we were able to keep the tree and otherwise minimize the impact on the property.”

“Solar energy significantly reduces our carbon footprint and adheres to our commitment to the environment,” says Greg Newcomer, UUCCH President Emeritus and head of its Solar Task Force.  “This process began two years ago when the Task Force started looking at various forms of solar installations, then finally voted to move forward last Spring.  Powell Energy was able to deliver in a timely manner while working harmoniously with the church and the grounds.”

UUCCH’s energy savings will help support and expand the church’s many social justice, environmental and community outreach programs, as well as activities for its diverse congregation and visitors.  Established in 1956, UUCCH is part of the non-creedal Unitarian Universalist denomination.

The UUCCH solar installation, of which 75 percent of the panels are on the ground and 25 percent are roof-mounted, employs Linuo 235W modules, Unirac ULA racking and Enphase microinverters with monitoring.  

About Powell Energy and Solar
Powell Energy and Solar, LLC, was formed in 2008, and joins Powell Building Corporation under the aegis of the Powell Corporation, representing a merger of the newest green building technology with decades of experience in quality construction. The Powell Corporation employs a team of experienced craftsmen and mechanics.  Headquartered in Moorestown, N.J., Powell Energy and Solar offers a variety of financing options, including a “zero down” lease for homeowners and leasing arrangements for businesses.  Powell Energy and Solar is a member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC).  For more information, visit

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