Solar is growing by leaps and bounds!

Congregations from all faith traditions have dramatically increased their investments in solar in the United States. Interfaith Power & Light completed its third biennial survey of congregations with solar in December of 2021 and found:

  • A total of 1,250 congregations with PV systems in 48 states and the District of Columbia.
  • The 480 congregations added in the past two years exceeds the 400 additions identified in the 2019 biennial survey.
  • The combined PV capacity of congregational PV systems is 105 Megawatts (MW), approaching the installed solar capacity of Facebook, the 10th largest commercial user based on most recent SEIA data.
  • Search directory below by name of congregation.
Gesù Detroit Catholic School and Church has solar thanks to the work of their student solar club. They are a Cool Congregations Challenge winner!

Solar Financing Guide

This solar financing guide is an excellent overview of the various funding options available to congregations for solar. It includes links to grant and loan programs offered by various religious denominations. This guide was written before the Inflation Reduction Act. Look for an updated guide later this year.

Awards for Your Solar Congregation

If your congregation has installed solar, consider applying for Interfaith Power & Light’s annual Cool Congregations Challenge, a contest with cash prizes. Annual deadline December 15.

IPL congregations are shining the light on climate solutions by installing solar!

Interfaith Power & Light offers assistance in reducing carbon footprints of congregations and their members through the Cool Congregations program: calculate your carbon footprint, find ways to reduce, get certified, and apply for monetary prizes in the Cool Congregations Challenge!
Houses of worship are walking the talk and following the guidance of their traditions to protect the planet we all need to survive. These congregations have all installed solar or have connected to community solar to reduce their carbon emissions. If your house of worship is not listed please fill out this form to get added to the list.

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