|Bishop David Ricken|
On the same day--June 18, 2015--the Vatican released Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change, more than 25 people gathered at Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay and took part in dedicating their year-old, 100-kilowatt solar installation. Bishop David Ricken presided over the ceremony, which was highlighted by the singing of "Canticle of the Sun" and the sprinkling of holy water on the panels.
Information on the installation’s benefits and performance to date is accessible at the Sisters’ web site http://www.gbfranciscans.org/justice--peace/solar-energy-tour. The array has generated 155 megawatt-hours of electricity since being energized in June 2014. On a sunny summer day, the system should produce more than 700 kilowatt-hours of electricity. It is sized to supply about 30% of the electricity used at the Motherhouse each year.
|Sister Donna Koch|