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Sisters of St. Francis Solar Site
October 2, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm UTC-6Free
The Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross have a long history of using resources wisely, living sustainably and caring for our earth. As followers of St. Francis of Assisi, they were concerned about taking better care of our earth. In 2006 the Sisters built a new, more sustainable convent that provided efficient use of space, greater accessibility, and green use of grounds. In 2014, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross installed a 112-kW solar array. In 2019 the Sisters added a 98 KWh array to lower electrical bills, to reduce their carbon footprint, and to save earth’s resources by using energy that is completely renewable. Currently at least 50% of the Sisters’ electrical energy is being covered annually by solar.
Education is a primary part of the Sisters’ mission and so the solar array is being used to promote that mission. The solar array is being used to educate the public about solar and renewable energy. The solar site offers self-guided tours with educational plaques along a walking trail that explains how solar works. People who cannot come onsite can still learn about the solar panels through the website. Anyone can also see how much energy the panels are generating through a real-time meter that is found on the Sisters’ website, gbfrancisans.org.