San Rafael Parish Expects Solar Project To ‘Pay For Itself’ Quickly

Stellar Solar, a California-based commercial and residential solar installer, has completed nearly all of a planned 125.5 kW installation at San Rafael Parish in the Rancho Bernardo neighborhood of San Diego, pending inspections and certification.

The photovoltaic system uses 408 LG 315 W modules, complimented by SolarEdge monitors and inverters; it is scheduled to be operational by mid-August. Most notably, the job features four separate installations across the church campus, including the Parish Hall, Church, Rectory and Pastoral Center.

“We love bringing solar energy to faith-based organizations across southern California, and we’re excited to announce our latest project with San Rafael Parish in San Diego,” says Michael Powers, co-founder of Stellar Solar. “This was a unique job, which was essentially four installations in one. We loved the challenge of working across a mix of roof styles, including clay tile along with sections of flat roofing.”

Monsignor Dennis L. Mikulanis, pastor of San Rafael Parish, explains the church’s goals: “Frankly, we see solar energy as an important example we can set: to be good stewards of God’s earth.”

He adds, “Our energy costs have also continued to rise, of course, and that impacts our ministries directly. We serve over 3,100 families in our parish, and the savings we expect to see in the next few months will help us to serve more of our parishioners and serve them more effectively.”

With a fairly large campus in Rancho Bernardo, San Rafael Parish paid almost $100,000 in electricity costs last year. By deploying rooftop solar on four buildings, the parish’s annual bill is expected to shrink by almost 75%, to less than $25,000.

“At that rate, we expect this investment will pay for itself in savings very quickly,” states Mikulanis.


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