Iowa’s Catholic churches go solar to heed pope’s call on climate change
August 21, 2017 By Kevin Hardy Des Moines Register
NORWALK, Ia. — As the sun beat down on a recent Saturday afternoon, the mammoth air conditioning system at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church offered welcome relief to parishioners trickling in for evening Mass.
While churchgoers filled the pews and hymns filled the sanctuary, 206 solar panels overhead converted the sun’s energy into power for lights, the public address system and the crisp cold air.
“We’re running on solar right now,” said the Rev. John Ludwig.