New solar energy project in Brooklyn Diocese is response to ‘Laudato Si”

By Bill Miller, Catholic News Service

June 15, 2021

BROOKLYN, New York — Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn cut the ceremonial ribbon June 10 for a solar-energy project launched to answer Pope Francis’ “urgent challenge” to battle climate change and “protect our common home.”

The pope’s environmental concerns, including climate change, are set out in Laudato Si’, his 2015 encyclical and second such letter as pope.

In response, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens has formed the Laudato Si Corporation, a green-energy initiative to generate renewable energy with arrays of solar photovoltaic panels mounted on the rooftops of residential buildings across the Brooklyn Diocese.

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