The Chua Di Lac Buddhist Temple, one of the newer temples in northern California, has added a 49.8 kW Mitsubishi Electric solar photovoltaic (PV) system atop its San Jose facility.
The rooftop solar project, installed by San Jose-based Solar System Inc., features 188 Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Pro solar modules. It has the potential to offset 90% of the temple’s electricity needs and produce 75,000 kWh of solar power in its first year. The system was installed with inverters from Yaskawa – Solectria and racking from PanelClaw.
“We believe that spirituality includes engagement in ecological issues,” says Loanie Lam, owner of the Chua Di Lac Buddhist Temple & Unified Event Center. “We give back to the community through healing and yoga classes, as well as teaching children how to meditate and live in the present moment. It’s beautiful to see the children go home and share the techniques with their parents on how to stay calm and release stress through breathing. Installing a photovoltaic system and converting to sustainable energy is an extension of our commitment to our community and mother earth.”
“Loanie and the organization have already contributed so much to the community and accomplished a great deal,” says Gina Heng, vice president and general manager of Mitsubishi Electric’s PV division. “We are honored she selected Mitsubishi Electric panels to continue her quest to give back to the community and environment.”