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Solar Panels Project

When the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples (UUCGN) was creating the 2020 Vision, installing solar panels was one of the top priorities. That vision prompted the Green Sanctuary Committee, an ad-hoc Energy Committee, and more recently the Facilities Committee to research a solar panel system that would be appropriate for us.  


In summer 2018, UUCGN received a generous donation earmarked for solar power, which brought the dream closer to reality.   

UUCGN Solar Panels Project – In a Nutshell


Why Solar?  Our Seventh Principal, "Respect for the interdependent web of existence of which we are all a part." 
This is an opportunity for UUCGN to be a leader in reducing our carbon footprint and mitigating the cause of climate change.    

How Much Electricity Will It Produce?  51,000 kWh/Year

UUCGN used 82,000 kWh in 2017.  That means our system will produce 62% of our annual electricity.    

How Much Will It Reduce Our CO2 Footprint?  41.9 Tons Our CO2 footprint will be reduced by 41.9 metric tons each year over the 25‐year life of the  components.    

How Much Did We Need to Raise?  

$40,000 Proposal $61,000 + Contingency $6,00 - Previous Contribution $27,000 = $40,000 to Raise. No monies are being taken from our current capital reserve.   

What Is Our Return on Investment (ROI) Over 25 Years?  $206,734

This estimate is based on our current electric bill with a 4.5% annual increase. 

FPL is planning on recouping Hurricane Irma costs so the next few years will be higher.


What Are We Getting?  32.2 kW Solar Photovoltaic System

The Facilities Committee reviewed two proposals from qualified contractors.   We are basing our fundraising estimates and this information on the September 17, 2018, proposal from SEM Power for a 32.2 kW Solar Photovoltaic System consisting of:  


  • Solar Panels: (92) REC Solar REC350TP 72 XV with integral optimizers  

  • Inverters: (2) SolarEdge Technologies SE14.4KUS  

How Are We Paying for It?  Here Comes the Sun!  

The Here Comes the Sun Fundraising Campaign ran from October to November 18, 2018.  This was a capital campaign which was separate from the annual pledge drive.

When Will the Solar System Be Installed?  June 2019

The contract has been signed now that all of the funds have been collected.   

The project will take 3 to 4 months to complete, including 2 weeks of actual construction time.   


Construction is not expected to affect normal congregation operations.