Diocese goes solar at churches and schools around Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Richmond is putting solar panels on many of its churches, schools and nursing facilities around Virginia.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the diocese has at least seven solar energy projects that have been completed or being planned.

The projects are expected to generate more than 1.6 million kilowatt-hours of clean electricity a year for several years while saving the churches and schools more than $2 million in energy operating costs.

The diocese is working with the nonprofit Catholic Climate Covenant, which helps guide the U.S. Catholic Church’s response on climate change.

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