Calvary Church in Ruskin, Florida will be celebrating the conclusion of the “Let The Sun Shine” Project. Calvary Church has installed a photovoltaic system (solar panel installation) to ensure good stewardship. With the completion of this project, Calvary Church is being good stewards of the money we receive (not spending it all on the electric bill) and being good stewards of God’s creation.
The solar contractor, Solar Energy Management, has recently completed the installation of the 73.92 KW PV array on the roof of the building. A monitor is seen on Sunday mornings in our lobby that displays info related to the energy generated by the system. Displayed are current power produced, energy today, energy this month, lifetime energy, as well as environmental benefits of CO2 emissions saved and equivalent trees planted. So far, Calvary has produced 8.32 MWh of energy which has the environmental benefit of saving 12,888 lbs of CO2 emissions and has the equivalent of 97 trees planted.
This system is comprised of 154 solar panels (480W each), 77 Optimizers, and two inverters as well as a myriad of additional miscellaneous components. Changes to the programming for the electric company will allow that if our energy production ever exceeds our usage, the utility will buy back the power we produce. The low profile of this installation reduces forces caused by wind. The annual energy produced is forecast to exceed 110.2 MWh.