Morrow Church is going green with new solar panels in Fellowship Hall.

The new panels are expected to generate about half of the church’s energy and save the church over a quarter of a million dollars in electricity bills over a 25-year life span, church leaders said in a press release.

Installing the panels is part of the church’s efforts to help the environment and cut costs. Other environmentally friendly projects and recognitions the church has done and received in recent years include receiving the Green Faith certification last year.

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The process involved everyone in the congregation and translated practices for more sustainable living in members’ homes as well as in the church. In 2017, a renovation of the sanctuary replaced all the existing incandescent and halogen lighting with LED and reduced energy consumption from 60,000 to 5,000 KwH annually. By participating in New Jersey’s Direct Install program and mobilizing many volunteers, Morrow replaced all of the remaining light fixtures with LED and high efficiency fluorescent and cut another 23,000 KwH.

“The Morrow community is comprised of people willing to work hard and sacrifice to uphold the ideals of faith through action and in our case includes outreach to neighbors in need and caring for God’s creation,” said Jennifer Nielsen, co-chair of the Morrow Green Team.

Funding for the panels comes from a donation made by congregation members Fred and Sue Profeta. Fred Profeta was the mayor of Maplewood from 2004 to 2008 and founded the Maplewood Township Green Team.

“We are extremely grateful for this gift,” said The Rev. Janice Sutton Lynn, Morrow’s senior pastor. “We believe that each of us and our community can make a difference and do our part.”Morrow Church is going green with new solar panels in Fellowship Hall.

The new panels are expected to generate about half of the church’s energy and save the church over a quarter of a million dollars in electricity bills over a 25-year life span, church leaders said in a press release.

Installing the panels is part of the church’s efforts to help the environment and cut costs. Other environmentally friendly projects and recognitions the church has done and received in recent years include receiving the Green Faith certification last year.

The process involved everyone in the congregation at some point and translated practices for more sustainable living in members’ homes as well as in the church. In 2017 a renovation of the sanctuary replaced all the existing incandescent and halogen lighting with LED and reduced energy consumption from 60,000 to 5,000 KwH annually. By participating in New Jersey’s Direct Install program and mobilizing many volunteers, Morrow replaced all of the remaining light fixtures with LED and high efficiency fluorescent and cut another 23,000 KwH.

“The Morrow community is comprised of people willing to work hard and sacrifice to uphold the ideals of faith through action and in our case includes outreach to neighbors in need and caring for God’s creation,” said Jennifer Nielsen, co-chair of the Morrow Green Team.

Funding for the panels comes from a donation made by congregation members Fred and Sue Profeta. Fred Profeta was the mayor of Maplewood from 2004 to 2008 and founded the Maplewood Township Green Team.

“We are extremely grateful for this gift,” said The Rev. Janice Sutton Lynn, Morrow’s senior pastor. “We believe that each of us and our community can make a difference and do our part.”

The congregation is encouraging members of the community to also go green. The team from EZ Energy that installed the solar panels will inform residents about how the process is done at Maplewood Green Day on Saturday, Oct. 12.