The Emerson Center of the Congregational Church of Topsfield has won a 5-kilowatt solar system in a contest sponsored by burlington-based Revolusun.
The announcement was made under sunny skies on the lawn of the Emerson Center Thursday, Aug. 17. Revolusun President Doug Pierce said the company held the state-wide contest, which had online voting, to choose one non-profit organization and one homeowner to receive solar systems. The Emerson Center won in the non-profit category.
"You guys blew away the field for votes," Pierce said. "It was impressive to see."
The solar system, which will go on the south-facing roof of the building's addition, will include 18 or 19 panels and should be installed within weeks, Pierce said.
Topsfield Historical Commission Chair Elizabeth Mulholland said the system will cover 10 percent of the Emerson Center's electricity consumption, the equivalent of all the power needed for the Meeting House, which is located on the other side of the common. The placement of the solar system on the addition instead of the original portion of the building will enable the church to take advantage of energy savings without compromising the integrity of the historic Emerson Center, she said.
Martha Morrison said the solar installation is another step in the church's commitment to stewardship of the environment.
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