Solar Panel Task Force

SPTF LogoSPTF CHARTER:  The Solar Panel Task Force (SPTF) was appointed by the Parish Committee to determine the feasibility of installing solar panels on the south side of the FRS church building including the 1994 addition. The purpose of the SPTF is not to make the decision to install solar panels, but to determine if the panels are appropriate for the church and to present recommendations to the church members for their approval.

Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light (MIPL) are being consulted as well as multiple bidders on the potential project. Others being consulted include the Parish Committee, the Building & Grounds committee, FRS members, the Carlisle Selectmen, the Historic Commission, and the South Church, in Andover, MA that had a solar panel dedication of their 50KW solar array in October 2012:

South Church, Andover, MA

The questions/concerns/tasks to be addressed are:

1) Tangible issues – power generation, installation, financial costs, financial savings, insurance, reduction in carbon footprint, safety, roof structure/risk, etc.
2) Intangible issues – perceived aesthetics and concern for historical preservation
3) Keep FRS membership informed and solicit input/participation.
4) Work with town committees, in particular the Historic District Commission and Board of Selectmen

SUMMARY:  The purpose of the SPTF is not to make the decision to install solar panels, but to determine if the panels are appropriate for the church and to present recommendations to the church members for their approval.

Relevant information concerning work of the SPTF can be found in the links below:

Why Solar Panels for FRS

Click here to email comments and questions to the SPTF. lisasama828@gmail.com.

What Solar Panels Would Look Like

The following image mock-up, created by SunBug Solar, shows what solar panels would look like on the First Religious Society roof:

FRS solar panel mock-up

View a high resolution image (1600x1200).