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!