What if your church parking lot could eliminate your electric bill, eliminate the need to remove snow and ice, and double as a multipurpose recreational ministry area?
This revolutionary technology could change how churches use parking lots. A company called Solar Roadways™ has proven the technology works on roads and parking lots. They are running an Indiegogo funding campaign (expires 7/20/2014). Their goal was $1 million. With 17 days remaining (as of 6/3/2014) in their fund-raising campaign, they have raised over $1.9 million.
Watch the video below and read my predictions on 4 areas solar parking lots will boost your ministry.
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4 areas solar parking lots will boost your ministry
- Generate electricity: Depending upon how much parking lot space your church has compared to the electrical needs, the parking lot could generate more electricity than is needed. Imagine selling electricity back into the electrical grid.
- Never need to clear snow and ice again from parking lots or side walks. These parking lots have built-in heating systems that melt snow and ice.
- Lowers Future Expansion Costs. If you have ever had to bore under a parking lot to bring cable or fiber to your building, you will like this. The parking lot becomes a conduit for utility services to your building. Instead of boring under the parking lot, the new cables can be laid into the cable corridors.
- Frees up more money for ministry.
- Disaster Relief: Often one of the affects of a storm related disaster is prolonged power outages. After the storm, the sun will shine. Barring extensive storm damage to your building, your church could have the electricity to enable the church building to be a shelter or simply a charging station for mobile communications devices.
- Recreation: Imagine being able to redraw the lines on the parking lot anytime you need to. One minute it is a parking lot. The next minute it is a group of basketball courts. Essentially it becomes a multipurpose hard court recreational area.
Configure your parking lot to include smart signs in the driving lanes.
- I can imagine one section of the parking lot being full and programmed to automatically direct traffic to another area of the lot.
- Enhance safety by flashing a stop sign in front of cars when people walk into driving lanes.
It is good for the environment.
What are your thoughts?
How do you see solar parking lots helping the mission and ministry of your church?