Installation of Fronius Symo 15.03-M Inverter, 51 Solar World 280/285 w mono-crystalline solar panels, wiring and utility grade meter was completed on March 11, 2016 by Jefferson Electric, LLC. Subsequently, Indianapolis Power and Light (their utility) required them to install an isolation transformer in order to interconnect with the grid. IPL installed a new “net metering” meter, and the system on the congregation went live on May 24th, 2016.Rev. Anastassia Zinke led a Solar Blessing service Sunday morning, May 22, 2016. She has said, “As Unitarian Universalists, all life fills us with wonder, and we believe we are here to protect it. Solar power helps give a future to our children, grandchildren, and our planet. This is an important step in our environmental stewardship.” All Souls received a matching grant for the solar installation from the Indiana Office of Energy Development’s (OED) Community Conservation Challenge program. The congregation was one of four congregations on the grant which was submitted and is managed by Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light, Inc. (HIPL).
HIPL brings Indiana congregations together to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency as a faith response to climate change. Their mission is to: support energy conservation in congregations’ member’s homes (they began HIPL’s Task of the Month program in January and currently have over 40 households participating), reduce overall energy usage, participate in the Indianapolis Congregational Acton Network (IndyCAN) a consortium of 35 congregations, to support the public Transit Plan initiative proposed by IndyConnect and promote recycling programs statewide.