Guam’s parishes go green and save money on energy

Two more parishes in Guam are installing photovoltaic energy-saving systems on their roofs in an effort to save money and help preserve the environment.

The parishes of Our Lady of Peace and Safe Journey Church in Chalan Pago and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Agat have entered into a contract to purchase renewable energy for the next 20 years through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

The Archdiocese of of Agaña’s newspaper reports that with the two additional parishes on line the archdiocese can expect to save $US60,000 every year.

They say that over the course of the PPA contracts this savings will be measured in millions of dollars and value to the environment is priceless.

Under a PPA, an outside investor installs, owns and maintains the system while selling the power produced to the parishes as less than utility rates.

This is accomplished at no cost or liability to the parishes according to a news release from Pacific Solar and Photovoltaics Inc., which installed the system.

The Archdiocese of of Agaña (Guam) is pursuing a policy of reducing its dependence on fossil fuels.

The Archbishop, Anthony Sablan Apuron, says the their policy is to reduce energy expenses while at the same time being good stewards of the planet.

“Fossil fuels are a finite resource and no matter what the price, we will someday run out of these natural resources,” he said.


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