The Des Moines Register: Pope Francis inspires Iowa churches to tackle climate change

Aug 21, 2017 | In the News, IPL News Highlights, State Press Clips, What's New

Kevin Hardy, kmhardy@dmreg.com
Published 9:47 p.m. CT Aug. 21, 2017

NORWALK, Ia. ― As the sun beat down on a recent Saturday afternoon, the mammoth air conditioning system at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church offered welcome relief to parishioners trickling in for evening Mass.

While churchgoers filled the pews and hymns filled the sanctuary, 206 solar panels overhead converted the sun’s energy into power for lights, the public address system and the crisp cold air.

“We’re running on solar right now,” said the Rev. John Ludwig.

The church is the first in the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines to roll out a large scale solar energy initiative. But Catholic leaders say it won’t be the last. Read More

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