Solar Renewable
energy Project

In the summer of 2019, the members and friends at St. John United Church of Christ made a bold choice. “Putting their faith into action,” the congregation embarks on a major project in creation care and environmental justice by “Going Solar” with the installation of a 65 kW Solar Renewable Energy Project.

St. John UCC will install a 65 kW solar energy system this fall, producing enough renewable electric energy to provide 100% (or more) of the power needed to operate our church campus each year. Working with Iconic Energy Solar Professionals and Blackhawk Bank of Rockford, this project will lower the church’s carbon footprint by more than 1000 tons over twenty years. This project will make St. John UCC the first 100% self-generated solar powered faith community in Illinois, and the first 100% renewable electric powered business in Freeport and Stephenson County.

The installation is scheduled to begin in mid-October, with a service of dedication and “Flipping the Switch” on Reformation Sunday, October 27, 2019. More events will take place at the church throughout October to welcome the Freeport community and share information on renewable alternatives and creation justice. Stay tuned for updates!

Supporting the Project

The goal for fundraising for the Capital Funds Campaign is $105,000, allowing for a 20% contingency for this project. We hope that your generosity allows us to go beyond this project. If the funds are received beyond our goal, they will be held in reserve for our next capital initiative. Your participation through prayer and financial support will help demonstrate our congregation’s commitment to environmental justice and creation care. You can send a gift today or pledge to give any amount over the next three years. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE DONATION FORM

Faith-Guided Environmental Justice

Why is a church making the move to renewable energy and solar power? 

Please visit our mission partners listed above for their answer to this question!

Rev. Hank Fairman, Senior Pastor of St. John UCC had this to say:

“Our Solar Project is a highly visible way to show how everyone can be engaged in creation care and environmental justice.
Our congregation hopes that through our witness, other faith communities, businesses,
and residents of our community will follow our example and do their part.”

Besides providing an example to the community, this project also demonstrates good stewardship of the congregation’s resources, saving St. John $10,000 in annual electric utility costs. These savings will be used to increase the impact of the congregation’s ministry in other areas and issues in our community.