St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church in NE Portland will soon generate its own clean, renewable power thanks to a funding award from The Diocese of Oregon and Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program participants. These funds will support the installation of a solar electrical project at the church located in heart of the Hollywood neighborhood and serving the community since 1923.
The generous Diocesan award reduces the installation cost of the 22kW, 71-panel solar electric system and allows the parish to spend more of its resources on social and outreach ministries.
St. Michael & All Angels joins Church of the Good Samaritan in Corvallis to become the second church in the Diocese to draw power from the sun.
“We are thrilled that we were selected for this award and so grateful for the generosity of The Diocese of Oregon and Pacific Power’s Blue Sky participants who made it possible.” said the Rev. Chris Craun, Rector. “This solar electric project is not only a win for the environment but for the local community, too. By generating our own electricity, we’ll save on energy costs and that means we can dedicate more of our budget to our core mission of Latino ministries, twice-monthly community meals, Northeast Emergency Food Program support, and other social and outreach ministries that work to protect our environment.”
St. Michael & All Angels’ mission statement reads:
“We are rooted as an Episcopal Church, honoring our traditions from the creative perspective of our community, learning how to engage the bilingual and multicultural makeup of our congregation, and seeking silence and stillness to glean insight from the Holy Spirit among us.”
Construction on the project started in July 2020 and is expected to begin generating power in August. Look for more information on the ribbon cutting ceremony with a date to be announced.