North Raleigh Church Moves toward Becoming a Solar-Powered Parish as Part of Its Mission

Church of the Nativity Invests in a Large-Scale Solar System.
By: Church of the Nativity
Church of the Nativity's Solar System.
Church of the Nativity's Solar System.
RALEIGH, N.C. - March 7, 2018 - PRLog -- The Church of the Nativity, a Raleigh based Episcopal church, is dedicated to becoming more sustainable. This effort has evolved into a program called Zero Waste Church ( in which Nativity and its partners, who share a mission to safeguard the integrity of creation and renew the life of the earth, dedicate each month to a different sustainability issue.

Nativity's solar system was installed by Southern Energy Management, a local solar company in Morrisville whose mission is to change the way people produce and consume energy.

Once installed, the solar panels will convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity and then be converted via an inverter into usable alternating current (AC) electricity that will contribute to powering the church with clean, renewable energy. The Nativity solar system is composed of 106 panels located on a south facing roof that is sized to cover about 35% of the annual electric bill for the campus. The energy produced over the system's 30 year lifetime is equivalent to 21,626 tree seedlings planted, 2,045,287 miles not driven, or 291 pounds of waste recycled.

Duke Energy's new solar rebate program also played a part in making the church's new system more affordable. This rebate is a real boon to all interested solar buyers as it applies to homeowners, businesses, and nonprofits like churches if they're in Duke Energy territory. Through these programs, the Church of the Nativity is investing in solar as well as cleaner air, water, and the use of renewable resources all while lowering their electric bill.


Southern Energy Management, headquartered in Morrisville, NC, is the Southeast's rooftop solar and building performance expert. Founded in 2001, they have worked for more than a decade to improve the way people -- homeowners, businesses, builders, and developers --create, consume, and conserve energy. For more information, visit

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