St. Rose Church Shows Faith in Solar at New Net-Zero Energy Center


Ross Solar Group completes a 38 kW solar array for St. Rose of Lima’s new Faith Formation Center. The center is a model for sustainable building in part due to its net-zero energy usage.

When the St. Rose of Lima church campus in Newtown, Connecticut decided to build their new Faith Formation Center, they wanted to do it in a manner that would be both cost-effective and sustainable. To accomplish this, they partnered with Ross Solar Group to implement a 38 kW solar array for the building. While many places of worship have decided to add solar, the newly constructed Faith Formation Center has taken this a step further and is designed as a net-zero energy building.

Comprised of 116 high-efficiency SunPower solar panels, the system is expected to generate in excess of 40,000 kWh of energy per year. According to estimates provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the solar system will offset as much as 60,800 pounds of CO2 emissions annually.

“St. Rose church has served the Newtown community for more than 100 years and continues to lead by example with its decision to go solar, displaying a commitment to renewable energy and conservation,” said Josh Ross, owner of the Ross Solar Group. “The solar system installation and the entire development of the Faith Formation Center was made possible by the vision and design of an anonymous St. Rose parishioner, along with a generous donation, who’s committed to giving back to the community and improving the environment.”

St. Rose has combined cutting-edge technology with a forward-thinking philosophy in development of the church’s newly built, 6,500 square-foot Faith Formation Center, which was spearheaded by Pam Arsenault and Monsignor Robert Weiss. The project management was handled by Mark Johanning and Verdi Construction.

“Ross Solar Group was invited to be the official solar provider and installer because of their commitment to quality, communication, and customer service, making our choice easy when selecting the right partner for this green building project,” said Mark Johanning, project manager at Verdi Construction.