LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - In July, the Catholic Action Center became the first homeless shelter in the nation to adopt solar power energy, without the help of government subsidies. Director Ginny Ramsey says they've started seeing the benefits of the project in just the last two months.
"We've saved approximately a thousand dollars a month ... a little more than that actually," Ramsey explained.
Ramsey says since they installed the solar panels at their facility, she's received a lot of questions from other faith-based leaders about the process. On Tuesday, Ramsey spoke with other religious leaders to answer those questions. One of the most common concerns is that renewable energy is too expensive up front.
"Most of the deals I've structured require no upfront capital," said Adam Edelen, who organized the summit. "We're able to finance the deals out of the savings generated from adopting renewable energy."
The benefits of going green for an establishment the size of Christ the King seem apparent, but organizers say even small facilities can make a difference.
"You're never too small to adopt renewable energy ... harnessing the power that God has made himself to further a faith mission and expand the financial opportunities of a congregation. It's just too good an opportunity to pass up."
Organizers said Tuesday's summit is a first of its kind, but organizers say it won't be the last.