About the Project:

Warner Memorial Church is a Presbyterian Church located in Kensington, MD that is installing a 72 kW Community Solar Energy Generating System (“CSEGS”) on their roof. This unique community solar project benefits not only the church but two church congregants as well.  It also benefits properties owned by Housing Unlimited, which provides housing for people that are transitioning from homelessness.

The Community Solar at Warner Memorial church of Kensington will produce 78,502 kWh of clean, renewable solar energy throughout the first twelve months of use. Over the next 20 years, the CSEGS, which will be installed by Lumina Solar, will avoid the consumption of 1,570,035 kWh of energy not sourced from the local utility provider, mitigating 1,113 metric tons of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions. These energy savings will lead to a projected savings of $52,990 over 20 years in reduced electricity bills for the church.

Financing Details

The solar project will be financed through a Community Solar Roof Lease between Skyview Ventures and Warner Memorial Church of Kensington.

Montgomery County Green Bank’s Role

The Montgomery County Green Bank provided a direct loan to Skyview Ventures, the owner of the CSEGS.

The Montgomery County Green Bank has been working closely with Interfaith Power & Light on helping faith communities go solar. See ipldmv.org/solar for more resources from Interfaith Power & Light, including a map of existing faith communities with solar and a recording of an info session on solar for faith communities.

Project Snapshot

Building Type:

Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church of Kensington is a two story, 24,000 square foot building.

Property Upgrade Summary:

Installation of a 72kW rooftop CSEGS by Lumina Solar.

Loan Amount:

The loan from the Green Bank to Skyview Ventures totaled $114,912.

The CSPPA program allows building owners to experience the benefits of solar energy with no out-of-pocket costs and without the burden of owning and maintaining a solar PV system.