Bishop Puts 'Soul' In 'Solar'


It was a blessing of solar proportions.

Ogdensburg Bishop Terry LaValley blessed 36 solar panels recently as a number of Catholic faithful looked on.

The panels are helping power his Washington Street home.

LaValley says the solar panels have been operating for a little more than a week and is the first step in the Diocese of Ogdensburg going green.

It's estimated the project will save nearly $1,500 a year in the bishop's electric costs.

The bishop says the diocese "is setting an example of using the resources that are out there in a way that respects and honors God's creation."

"To see this happen today, for me, is going to start a revolution across the north country and the United States," the Rev. Paul Beyette, a retired priest, said.

Triangle Electric designed the solar project, which was partially funded through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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