The Rev. Curtis Whittaker shared, "If a nonprofit or church is doing good work, they should be able to install solar panels and sell energy coming in to use the profits to continue their good work." Staying true the name above the entrance of his church, "Progressive Community Church," Rev. Whittaker has joined with our partners, Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light to install solar panels on his faith facility in Gary, Indiana.
Utilizing a $100,000 grant acquired from the state of Indiana, Reverends such as Whittaker are taking steps to 'reduce their carbon footprint.' But, Rev. Whittaker isn't stopping there as he is calling all people of faith to take a stand for solar energy in Indiana, and to make the resources a reality for low-income communities across America. Rev. Whittaker continued, "Why can't we provide solar panels for low-income families? On average, 35 to 40 percent of a household budget is spent on energy. If we can help them recapture those dollars and use them in another way, they can be less reliant on assistance, we can help the environment, create jobs."
To learn more about Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light programs, visit their website here.
Lauri Harvey Keagle | NWI.com
GARY | The Rev. Curtis Whittaker wants his church to spark a change in the Emerson community, with a little help from the sun.
Whittaker, senior pastor of Progressive Community Church in Gary's Emerson neighborhood, is preparing to install solar panels on the church at 656 Carolina St. in Gary.
"There is a lot of positive energy that is being created and light and love, literally light from above, that makes us poised to make a change," Whittaker said.
Whittaker met with other leaders of diverse faiths at his church Tuesday to discuss the project and encourage others to take action prior to Wednesday's National Day of Action on climate change.
Whittaker led participants in a prayer prior to Tuesday's meeting, saying God, "called us to be good stewards and to serve and preserve our Earth."
Whittaker said his congregation has been interested in installing solar panels on the church for the past two years.
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