Marietta church installs solar panels for main electricity source

Published: Oct. 20, 2016 at 5:10 PM EDT
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One Marietta church is going green by installing solar panels as its main source of electricity.

The First Unitarian Universalist Society installed the last of the 44 solar panels this morning.

The 1.2 kilowatt panels will generate two thirds of the church's annual electricity.

They will also decrease their electricity bill by 10 percent.

The church replaced the roof in May, with a vision for solar panels in mind.

The reverend says it was a no brainer.

"Connecting that project with the financing for some of our other historic projects, like stained glass windows. We have both the history and the future going forward and this is a way to invest in the future. Hopefully others will get excited about it as well," says Reverend Kathryn Hawbaker.

The solar panels were installed by Pickering Associates of Parkersburg and the cost is covered by Golden Rule Associates, which is owned by a member of the church.

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