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Archdiocese installs solar panels

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - The Archdiocese of Agana is now being powered by the sun as the Chancery Office welcomed the installation of photovoltaic solar panels. Following in the footsteps of St. Francis School two months ago, the Chancery Office is now thinking green.

The chancery is under the same power purchase agreement and welcomed the installation of 310 photovoltaic solar panels. Archbishop Anthony Apuron said, "Conservation, recycling, using renewable resources, reducing pollution are all part of the commandment that we should love one another especially the innocent generations to come by installing then renewable energy in our schools and our children learn early in life the need to conserve and the value of using nature to provide power rather than burning the earth's limited resources."

Pacific Solar and Photovoltaics general manager Scott Hagen says he never imagined the archdiocese as one of its biggest customers, saying, "For hundreds of years, the Catholic Church has been brining people out of the darkness and into the light and through photovoltaic renewable energy, hopefully they can continue to do so for hundred and hundreds of years more."

The savings generated from the solar panels are aimed to help the church fulfill its mission, saying, "This system on the roof here is calculated to save the Chancery Office and house $600 a month on average, that's $7,500 a year on average in power bills."

Next up even more solar panels within the Catholic faith as Bishop Baumgartner School should have its solar panels completed this summer.

The latest installation of photovoltaic solar panels here at the Chancery makes the Archdiocese of Agana the largest single user of solar energy on Guam.

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