Eagle Solar & Light installing 42-kW array on historic North Carolina church

Eagle solar and light began installing a 42-kW rooftop solar system at Oak City Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, a community church founded in 1865.

“Part of our Church mission is to care for all living things,” said Rev. William T. Newkirk, an Oak City Baptist pastor. “Renewable energy is better for our earth and the people and creatures that live on it. That made our choice to install solar energy an easy one.”

The system will produce approximately 59,000 kWh, saving Oak City Baptist an estimated $4,700 in annual energy costs.

“We want to increase the resilience of our community and hope to add a storage component in the coming years,” said Newkirk.
Oak City Baptist will receive a $27,000 rebate for installation through the NC Solar Rebate Program through Duke Energy, which offers discounts of 75 cents per kilowatt to nonprofits up to 100 kW. A limited number of discount funds are reserved specifically for non-profit organizations, including churches, charities, and schools; however, if they are not claimed by the end of 2022, the discounts will instead become available for commercial buildings and residential properties.

The Oak City Baptist project will be ESL’s 12th solar installation for a nonprofit in the past 18 months in North Carolina.

“Oak City Baptist’s decision to move forward with solar continues the long tradition of community leadership,” said Scott Alexander, CEO of Eagle Solar & Light. “We commend the Church for taking these important steps toward reducing its carbon footprint and energy costs. We are proud to add them to our portfolio of faith-based communities.”

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