DAVIS (CBS13) – On a day of scripture, mixed with a scissor lift at the Davis Episcopal Church of Saint Martin, a bishop blessed the building’s new solar panels with holy water.
“I have never had a chance to bless solar cells,” said Bishop Megan Traquair of the Northern California Episcopal Diocese. “It’s a great opportunity.”READ MORE: Injured Bear Who Escaped South Lake Tahoe Wildlife Rescue Found In Tree
Bishop Megan took to the roof off the house of worship, where parishioners have worked for a year to put the solar panels in place.
“We can’t love God or love our neighbor properly, and fully, without loving our planet,” the bishop said.READ MORE: Dixie Fire Now 6th Largest Wildfire In California History; Evacuation Warnings Issued In Lassen County
The church has cut its average monthly energy expenditures by two-thirds and received an interfaith national award for helping reduce the speed of climate change.
“We showed that we could do that and have fun and make an important point too,” one parishioner said.
The gift of light and an enlightened approach powered this house of worship.MORE NEWS: Officers Rescue Child In Fairfield After Alleged Parental Abduction In Sacramento
The church says it is saving $10,000 a year in energy costs. Besides the financial savings, they are hoping more churches follow their lead to help save the environment.