Fresno church installs solar panels

March 28, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Fresno church is now generating nearly all of its energy from solar power.The Unitarian Universalist Church in northeast Fresno held a special ceremony today to dedicate solar panels on the church's roof and church grounds.

The panels are part of the church's commitment to be part of a sustainable lifestyle. They estimate the panels will save more than $15,000 in electricity costs each year.

But they'll also be helping the environment by reducing emissions.

"We've had this system in operation since November, and even over the winter months, which is not the best time for solar, we've generated enough electricity to offset the production of 17 thousand pounds of CO2," the Project Manager George Burman said.

Under a power purchase agreement the company "Solar City" pays the cost of installation as long as the church agrees to buy the generated electricity.