Solar Powered Church in the Bay Area

Let’s face it, everybody no matter who you or your organization are are using electricity.  That much we can all agree on.  When there is an interest in finding alternative power sources such as PV solar panels, it is really important to figure out what the barriers are to implementing an actual solar system.

A church in the San Francisco Bay Area decided it was time to get solar panels installed on it’s roof, and the system look pretty amazing.  But, what’s most important is that the system is as efficient as possible because the overall expense to a church for solar energy can be enormous.

Here is a picture of what a nearly 18 KW SOLAR SYSTEM looks like when the sunshine is shining on it.

18 KW Solar Electric Church

18 KW Solar System on Church

How much electricity is this solar system really providing to this church and is it a good financial decision?

So, if we look at the picture, we can figure out the rough estimates for the math.

Calculating KWH and Dollar Savings From Solar:

88 Solar Panels

200 watts each = 17.6 KW Solar System

17.6 KW Solar System Specifications

City: San Francisco
State: California  
Latitude: 37.62° N
Longitude:     122.38° W
Elevation: 5 m
PV System Specifications
DC Rating: 17.6 kW
DC to AC Derate Factor: 0.770
AC Rating: 13.6 kW
Array Type: Fixed Tilt  
Array Tilt: 37.6°
Array Azimuth: 180.0°
Energy Specifications
Cost of Electricity:     25.0 ¢/kWh

Solar Electricity Output and $ Value

Month Solar Radiation
(kWh/m 2/day)
AC Energy

Energy Value


3.62      1447    361.75   
4.59      1665    416.25   
5.22      2109    527.25   
6.11      2352    588.00   
6.36      2532    633.00   
6.47      2486    621.50   
7.01      2768    692.00   
6.67      2624    656.00   
6.62      2498    624.50   
10  5.41      2133    533.25   
11  3.87      1487    371.75   
12  3.35      1348    337.00   
Year  5.45      25448   



From the table above, you can see that this system will be making approximately $6362.00 per year of electricity.  That is a fairly large number, but we need to compare that to the system’s overall cost.  At 17,600 watts, and lets assume that the system has a cost of approximately $6/watt.  That would mean a PV  system cost of roughly: $105,600.  Of course there are probably some local rebates and maybe even some state level and federal rebates or funding programs, so this certain location with high costs in terms of kilowatt per hour charges might make sense for a longterm solar option.  If you were part of a church which was paying only $0.10 per KWH of electricity, the cost structure would be totally different and probably not make very much sense to buy solar power.

church solar roof

One Response to “Solar Powered Church in the Bay Area”

  1. Paul Felix Schott says:

    I am Counting on

    Energy From GOD Our Sun Free Energy. It is very good our churches installing solar panels. For all that live near by and all that see this on our Churches. If your Local Government will not look to the Future go to a Church.

    The Island of Maui in the Pacific Ocean is truly a Tropical Paradise like many of the Hawaii Islands that has used Solar and wind Energy for many years. Its Seascapes are as Beautiful as its Landscapes. Many like Hana’s by Kipahulu in Maui were the coffee maker runs on the Sun Solar Power. Her freshly picked Tropical fruit smoothies are the greatest. You make the electrical power on a bicycle for the blender to run. Banana, Mango, Papaya, Guava and of course My favorite Coconut and Pineapple are just some of what you can make.

    Many of us that live and visit Maui already have Solar and Wind Energy. Very soon many more will and some day most all will be cutting the line to the Power Utilities Grid. Stopping them from putting their hands in our pocket book.

    Free Energy from the Sun. WHY pay for it, to some one else? Your Local Utility Provider is NOT A valuable resource in Your Time Of Financial Need. Or the GOV they just want to TAX you more. LOOK TO SOLAR AND WIND ENERGY on the internet it has been the learning platform for our Schools and Universities for Years. In this case look to the House of GOD. It has always been the best place for the truth. The Church and the Bible.

    Many in the Island of Maui and other Islands have been off the Grid for years.

    There are many Reasons Home Owners Should Consider Going Solar there has to be at least 100 Good Reasons. Soon Hawaii will Lead with showcasing Solar Energy To the World.

    GOD Bless for the good work all do to Help the Church Light the Way.

    Now if we can only get our World Leaders to Read the Bible More and get to know Jesus, and look to the real Paradise Heaven not Hell, and stay out of our Pocket books.

    The Lord’s little Helper

    Paul Felix Schott


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