Alternative Energy Systems - church building integration?

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The Church Building Administration has a lot more buildings that are in operation than just chapels and temples that could use alternative energy systems.

Think solar water pumps for irrigation for church farms, for example. And also using graywater systems for water reuse.

BTW, one solar hot water system has a 20-year warranty, but does not include the warranty to cover the hot water tanks that apparently have a life of at least 10 years - usually a result of failure from hard water issues. Return on investments can be within 5 years for such systems with material costs less than $5K USD.

I looked at solar tiles some time ago because they have a lower threshold for vandalism, since they are "hidden" from being damaged as much as glass panels on a roof or on the ground would be (tempting targets). Solar roofing tiles are starting to make a comeback after having been off the market for a few years. PV systems are anywhere from $25K USD and up.

Existing PV systems have life expectancies of upwards of 25 years with Return On Investment of anywhere from 5 to 10 years, if rebates and subsidies are thrown in to "prime the solar pump" by government and public utility participation. (Just don't count on that as a given.)

I still am waiting for the paint-on or spray-on photovoltaics (PV) myself. Octillion (Surrey, BC) for example, is working on the "spay PV nanocells on existing glass" concept. http://www.nanotech-now.com/news.cgi?story_id=23021

We did have an Alternative Energy User Group meeting earlier this month where an excellent presentation on PV panel positioning in relation to the sun was discussed. The PDF presentation can be downloaded at http://www.synergycentre.net under Services > Solar Surveys and Tools of the Trade > Solar > PV Basics as prepared by Dennis Houghton.

Why can't the church take advantage of net-metering for on-grid solar systems? The initial cost is prohibitive right now for the "standard" PV setup. I would suggest that the church waits until the thinfilm/nanocell processes mature before installing those systems on chapels, etc.

But wouldn't it be nice if we could reduce utility costs over time and have church buildings more prepared as emergency locations in times of community disasters regarding power and water consumption?

Is there a "green building" department in the construction offices of the church?
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Global Warming and CO2 issues - Not! Doing things for the right reasons

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I personally believe that the Global Warming (tm) and atmospheric CO2 issues are tools of the Environmentalist religion (yes, it is a religious secular "ism") and they are both being used as a rallying cry for universal socialism (old school communism). I purposely attempted to avoid these "fad" issues in discussions regarding "greening" church properties.

I want to do this kind of work for wise stewardship of energy resources and for lowered outflow of funds related to utilities and not to become used as a tool because of a desire by some groups for global control and domination.

We should be doing this for the correct reasons - lowering overall operational costs without sacrificing power, heating, light and water resources for church properties.

"There is enough, and to spare", if we use resources wisely and intelligently.
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Alternative Energy Systems - church building integration?

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This is great idea. Although the initial investment is rather large the gains might offset it in the long run. I have seen many "green" solutions but what has the church looked into for the new buildings being constructed?
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