Hillsong has installed the largest rooftop solar program of any single church or not for profit in Australia.
The program consists of an 825kW rooftop solar system and the upgrade of 2,500 energy-efficient light fittings across three key campuses, including Hillsong’s flagship Convention Centre in Sydney’s Baulkham Hills.
Hillsong’s rooftop solar plus lighting upgrade program will reduce the organisation’s energy consumption by more than 30 per cent. It will also have a very strong return on investment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,347 t CO2-e. This is equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by 8.3 hectares of mature forest each year; or 316 personal vehicles taken off the road.
Joel A’Bell, Lead Pastor of Hillsong Church in Australia, said, “As a church, we believe in safeguarding our planet for future generations. Furthermore, with a congregation of more than 40,000 people, we have a responsibility to lead and ensure we set an example in our community. We saw this project as a tangible way of demonstrating this. We’re delighted to have reduced our carbon emissions by 33 per cent, and we achieved this while lowering our energy costs. It makes sense.”
Hillsong engaged leading energy services company, Verdia, to identify, scope, procure and deliver the rooftop solar program and energy efficient lighting upgrade.
Paul Peters, CEO of Verdia said, “With this program, Hillsong is leading the way for large churches and not-for-profits not only in Australia but globally. When it comes to solar and renewable energy, we’ve reached a tipping point: the large scale rollout of rooftop solar makes sense, rooftop solar is now more affordable than grid electricity, it is environmentally responsible and we are now seeing the largest energy customers in Australia developing and implementing significant programs and projects. We thank Hillsong for choosing Verdia to deliver this program.
Hillsong is a contemporary Christian church, with a global presence, founded by Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston. Headquartered in Sydney, Hillsong has churches in city centers in 19 countries and on five continents. The church has an average attendance of 112,000 weekly.