Leading energy solutions firm UGE International (UGE) is in the process of installing a 261 kW rooftop solar project for a non-denominational church in south Brooklyn. Christian Cultural Center (CCC), one of the largest independent churches in the United States, will be home to the new clean energy project, which will save the church big money on its utility bills, thus freeing up funds for other aspects of their mission. The project, expected to be completed within six months or so, will eventually eliminate thousands of metric tons of damaging greenhouse gas emissions.

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Upon completion, the church’s new rooftop solar array is expected to generate approximately 330,000 kWh of clean energy each year. With lower energy bills and a smaller carbon footprint, CCC’s Brooklyn campus will be able to broaden its reach with a more earth-friendly approach to spiritual work. The church has a large congregation—more than 37,000 members—and operates within a facility situated on an 11-acre campus, making it the perfect size for a large-scale solar power project like this one.

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Senior Pastor Dr. A. R. Bernard currently serves at the church, which he founded in 1979. “Our mission is to demonstrate the love and compassion of Christ through humanitarian works and social engagement,” said Bernard. “As Brooklyn’s largest church, we hope that our embrace of renewable energy will illuminate the path to a more sustainable future for our community, as well as serve as an example for other faith-based communities.”

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Over the lifetime of the rooftop solar array at CCC, the system will make a huge impact on the environment. Its clean energy will eliminate more than 5,264 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is the equivalent of emissions from 12.5 million passenger vehicles or the amount sequestered by planting more 134,000 trees.

CCC’s rooftop solar array is the latest project in a slew of renewable energy systems UGE has designed and installed around the city. Previously, the firm completed a clean energy project at the Whole Foods in Gowanus and on luxury apartment buildings in Queens.

Images via UGE and Christian Cultural Center