Temple Emanuel is taking its biggest step yet toward environmental sustainability by installing solar panels on our roof in the fall of 2011.
We are the first congregation in the Triad to have solar panels, and Teva (Environmental Sustainability) Committee members hope that they can share their experience with others who may want to do the same.
The Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), has been an inspiration in this project. At the fundraising kickoff in February, Gary Silverstein, Solar Project Chair, explained that "Our enthusiasm is generated from our commitment as members of Temple Emanuel, our Greensboro community, our nation and our planet. All this we understand, respect and celebrate through our covenant and dedication as Jews and as shared inhabitants of God's Green Earth.”
The power generated will be sold back to Duke Power through a program assisted by NC GreenPower, and the proceeds will offset Temple Emanuel’s yearly utility expenses. This clean, renewable energy will prevent approximately 8,000 pounds of coal from being removed from mountaintops and save an estimated 14,000 pounds of greenhouse gasses from being released into our atmosphere annually. (Source: solarmarket.com)
Donors to the project were eligible for the special N.C. Credit for Investing in Renewable Energy. A local company, Extend Energy LLC, was contracted to do the installation work.
The panels will be dedicated during the Jewish Festival at Temple Emanuel on October 16, 2011, and will serve our congregation, our community and our planet for many years to come.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has." – Margaret Meadd