In October, Emanuel Lutheran Church, Pleasantville, N.Y., dedicated the photovoltaic (solar) panels on its roof.
"It sends a message to the community that the church cares about the environment and that we can be on the cutting edge of that care," said Paul T. Egensteiner, pastor.
At first the $190,000 project didn't seem financially feasible.
But members saved energy by insulating windows, changing light bulbs and following other energy-saving advice.
Then the price of the panels dropped and a city agency paid 90 percent of the cost.
Emanuel's annual energy bill is about $6,000, which was the congregation's eventual cost of the panels.
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