Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Church of Latter-Day Solar Power

(photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

A newly constructed building in Farmington, Utah has become the first solar-powered Church of Latter-Day Saints meeting house in America.

Featuring 158 panels mounted over about a third of the soon-to-be-opened stake center's south roof, the solar power system is one of several innovative uses of energy-efficient construction and utility technologies being tested by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Apparently, the Mormons have a history of sustainable, energy-efficient church design.

...deploying overhangs and verandas to reduce heat load in its structures throughout the world beginning in the 1950s, as well as using a system of several underground spring wells in the early 1970s to enhance the Church Office Building's cooling and heating system. A meetinghouse in Susanville, Calif., has been totally heated by geothermal energy since the 1980s, and the conversion of the Vernal Tabernacle into the Vernal Temple in the mid-1990s featured reuse and recyle efforts.

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