Dear SOC clergy friends:
A good number of you have already signed on to the letter (see below) composed by Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler  regarding support of NC Warn’s “Faith in Solar” campaign — an initiative inviting Duke Energy to partner in a goodwill, win-win collaborative effort to install solar panels in our NC houses of worship that could not otherwise afford them — and to advance clean energy use in our state. If you haven’t yet signed, I hope that you will join your SOC colleagues in doing so, and pass the letter on to other clergy colleagues beyond the SOC.  Thank you for your consideration.  For more information, please contact Rev. Karen Richardson Dunn at krichdunn@gmail.com/karen@creationjusticenetwork.org

Dear Friends:

We now have leaders from 63 North Carolina faith communities who will be calling on Duke Energy to collaborate on a new solar program. Our letter will be sent to Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good around April 22.

Today I would like to ask you to circulate the letter to your colleagues in other congregations. Please ask them to go to ncwarn.org/FaithInSolar where they can read our letter, see the list of signers so far, and add their names. (They are signing only for themselves, not for their congregations. We will list faith communities for identification only.)

This time of urgent climate change demands that we take action to care for the Earth, including powering our congregations on the energy that our Creator has freely provided to us all.

Therefore, we are asking Duke Energy to partner with us to create an easier way for faith groups to use solar power.

We hope that support from a large and diverse list of North Carolina faith communities will make this an ask that Duke Energy can’t ignore. With your help in spreading the word, we can make that happen.

The details of the Faith in Solar program will be negotiated with Duke Energy, but our basic criteria are:

  • Faith community installs solar with no money down.
  • Faith community saves money from day 1.
  • Duke Energy and faith community share the solar savings.
  • Program benefits all parties (faith communities, Duke Energy, Duke Energy customers and communities suffering the impacts of pollution and weather extremes).

Your colleagues can learn more and sign the letter at ncwarn.org/FaithInSolar, and they can call (919-416-5077) or email NC WARN with any questions.

God’s Grace and Peace,

Rev. Dr. Rodney S. Sadler, Jr.
Associate Professor of Bible, Union Presbyterian Seminary
Executive Committee Member, North Carolina NAACP