Austin Unveils Texas-Sized Rooftop Solar Array to Power Downtown Church

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Austin Unveils Texas-Sized Rooftop Solar Array to Power Downtown Church

By Marita Mirzatuny
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 1:20pm

CAMPAIGN: US Climate & Energy

CONTENT: Blog

On Monday in the heart of downtown Austin, St. David’s Episcopal Church unveiled its new 146-kilowatt solar array. Covering the rooftop of an adjacent parking garage and earning the title of largest rooftop solar installation downtown.

The project’s unprecedented scale was made possible through a partnership with Meridian Solar and a new Austin Energy (AE) pilot program, testing how they can best integrate large rooftop solar with the utility’s grid. Church members had the idea to put solar panels on the parking garage ten years ago, but weren’t able to move forward until last year when low interest rates, improved technology, and government rebates all came together. Through their combined efforts, St. David’s, AE, and Meridian have taken a vital, first step towards a city powered by clean, local, rooftop power, also known as distributed generation (DG). 

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Keywords: Smart Grid | Solar | Utilities | renewable energy

CAMPAIGN: US Climate & Energy

CONTENT: Blog

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