Solar Faithful
Solar Faithful
Solar Faithful

Solar Faithful


Ann Arbor

Bringing solar to Ann Arbor faith communities

Awarded:: TA Voucher, Participant

Team Information

Team Lead
Emily Drennen
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Project Description

Project / Program Description

The City of Ann Arbor and Michigan Interfaith Power and Light are working to recruit local houses of worship for new solar installations. The new solar would be “behind the meter” and would off-set at least 60% of a house of worship’s electricity use, with some of the solar acting as community solar subscriptions for members of that congregation. We will also use crowdfunding (donations and/or investments) to reduce costs. Using an innovative billing platform, we are able to provide community solar in a regulated state environment without virtual net metering.

Application Video
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Project Updates

Summer 2017  We are currently deciding which financing methods we will use for our three pilot congregations. Seven congregations have already reached out to us to learn more about our program.

June 12, 2017 “Solar Faithful” Strives to Bring Solar Power to Local Houses of Worship

July 19, 2017 Issues Of The Environment: Ann Arbor Partners-Up To Get Houses Of Worship To 'Go Solar'

Sept/Oct 2017 The team has done on-site meetings with 5 congregations. Before the meetings, Solar Faithful team members analyze a congregation's electrical bills for estimated project size. We also use the PV watts tool to estimate roof-mounted and ground-mounted solar potential of the congregation's sites. Team members and congregational leaders talk about the congregation's motivations for going solar, what the congregation would need to do to approve a solar project, and the congregation's ability to raise financing internally. The Solar Faithful team is committed to having these on-site meetings with any congregation within Ann Arbor city limits that is interested in our project.

December 4, 2017 Solar powered chapel in Ann Arbor hosting open house and tour Representatives from nine local congregations attended a tour of Campus Chapel's solar installation. The Solar Faithful team also gave brief overviews of the four funding models that the team is interested in developing further.

December 18, 2017 As of today, 15 local congregations have expressed interest in our project. We are working with each congregation to assess solar readiness and solar potential.