Del Cerro Baptist was faced with two challenges:
- Reduce high electrical costs with the intention of investing those savings back into the church and surrounding community.
- Diminish the church’s environmental impact.
Del Cerro Baptist Church initially considered making the switch to solar because of their high electrical costs. They anticipated significant energy cost savings as a result of installing a solar system to power the church facility. Lower operating costs would enable the organization’s leaders to invest back into the church, the congregation and the community. And being environmentally conscious, Del Cerro also had a goal of doing their part to reduce their impact on the earth. They understood that the use of a renewable source of energy would benefit La Mesa and the surrounding area through a decrease in pollution and improved air quality.
Members of the Baker Electric Solar team worked closely with Del Cerro Baptist’s staff and facilities manager to design a solution that would best meet the church’s financial and environmental goals. The result was a 50 kilowatt rooftop solar system comprised of 195 panels.
Del Cerro vetted four solar companies and ultimately chose Baker Electric Solar based on reputation, workmanship excellence and parent company Baker Electric, inc.’s 75+ year history in electrical contracting. In addition to the new solar installation, Baker also upgraded the church’s main service panel with the intention of maximizing the system’s longevity.
Del Cerro Baptist’s solar panel array will produce roughly 93% of the church’s electricity. This will save the organization approximately $21,000 in annual energy costs. That equates to thousands of dollars each month that will be reinvested into the church ministries, education and outreach.
“The entire job went smoothly; they stay in touch and are helping us calculate our savings,” said Pastor Mark S. Milwee. The solar system’s monitoring technology allows Del Cerro to track how much energy the system is producing and measure its positive environmental impact.
Del Cerro’s solar system achieves the organization’s two main goals of reducing their high electric bills and supporting a clean environment. The system is not only saving the church thousands per month in electricity costs, but is significantly decreasing their carbon footprint by offsetting the annual CO2 equivalent of 129,489 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle.