By Amy Woolvett
Thanks to a group effort, the power of the sun will help to heat the rectory at Christ’s Church in Shelburne.
With what turned into a true community project, people from local groups and individuals came together to chip in their time and expertise and learn a thing or two about solar installation.
It began with a grant through a partnership between the Women’s Fishnet and the Department of Environment.
Solar panels were given to the church and a call to the community to install the panels and system to create a solar heated hot water heater was made.
It only took a few days, a drive to understand and a whole group of helping hands to make the project by Activation the Energy Transition in Shelburne County, a success.
The project is designed to bring information about energy change to every interested household, business and organization in Shelburne County.
Project leaders and outreach workers will share and interpret information for residents in the area who are interested in participating in alternative, energy saving programs.
“We want to support the transition to energy efficiency and renewable energy at a grassroots level in Shelburne County,” said Cynthia Perry.
“We are always talking about being good stewards of the earth and now we will be able to show it,” said Rev. Ed Trevors with Christ Church in Shelburne.
He said that not only will there be a significant decrease to oil costs in heating the hot water, they might also better promote the use of alternative energy in the both the local and church communities.
Rev. Trevors said the Anglican Church Bishop completely supported the project and gave a grant to help cover 50 percent of the costs.
“We will be able to put the savings back into the community,” said Trevors.
Members of the Solar Enthusiasts, a local renewable energy group, were there to lend their expertise during installation.
“It’s really not as expensive or complicated as people think,” said Wayne Groszko.