Eight hundred and forty five solar panels are lighting the way at Temple Beth El.
“The solar panels take sunlight and convert them to DC electricity”
“It is our anticipated goal that the solar system will provide approximately seventy percent of our annual operating requirement on the electrical side,” says Sylvan Pomerantz, Board of Trustees President at Temple Beth El.
Pomerantz says the idea for the new solar panel system came about when it was time to replace the synagogue’s roof. The system was designed and installed by s Stamford-based company; American Solar and Alternative Power.
“What we’re doing is creating a system that has no moving parts, no noise, no pollution, and energy for 25 years,” says Elliot Isban, CEO of American Solar and Alternative Power
Isban says the panel installation began in July and took six weeks to complete. He says the three-phase project includes new energy efficient lighting and a solar ready roof.
“It will produce 211,000 watts of DC power on a sunny day,” says Isban.
Pomerantz says the system is one of the largest of its kind on a religious institution in the U.S.
“It’s my hope and wish that other religious organizations will follow,” he says.
Congregants say the new solar system provides more than just environmental and financial benefits. They say it also fulfills a religious vision.
“Our vision has long been to repair the world which is an ancient Jewish concept,” says Rabbi Joshua Hammerman.
The solar energy system is set to start working just before the Jewish New year, beginning on the night of September 4. Hammerman says the system will light the synagogue’s eternal light, which is always kept on.
To find out more about the solar energy system, visit www.liketheroof.com
The solar energy system will be dedicated in honor of Norma Mann, a leader at Temple Beth El and in Stamford’s Jewish community.