In 2021, Christ for Everyone Ministries and Groundswell will break ground on a first of its kind Solar for All project in Chicago Heights, Illinois.
Christ for Everyone Ministries is led by Bishop Kenneth and Pastor Lydena Franklin. After meeting in 2018, Bishop Franklin and Groundswell worked together to look for solar development opportunities. A shared vision of economic empowerment and community investment through clean energy will help these nonprofits empower individuals and households throughout the community surrounding Christ for Everyone Ministries.
The 663 kW solar project at Christ for Everyone will aid in the church's mission of serving the community. This service will be enhanced by Groundswell’s SharePower™ program, which will allow an estimated 125 Empowered, or income-qualified, households to save about $160 per year. This project will provide Empowered households with a combined savings of about $20,000 a year, for a total of over $300,000 in aggregated savings for the duration of the 15-year life of the project.
Additionally, the community solar project at Christ for Everyone Ministries will provide education and job opportunities within the Chicago Heights community. This work was made possible by the My Community Plan Foundation, which has been a vital partner in forming community connections throughout this process.
The location of Christ For Everyone Ministries made it an ideal fit for a solar installation with Illinois Solar for All Program (ILSFA), which focuses on low-wealth communities and communities designated as environmental justice communities under the program. ILSFA aims to foster the growth of the emerging solar market within priority communities across the state. As one of a limited number of solar projects approved through ILSFA, the solar installation at Christ for Everyone Ministries will help build a strong, diverse solar workforce and meet the job training requirements outlined in the ILSFA program.
Supreme Solutions, a minority-owned business with a strong track record of building community solar projects, is the technical advisor for this project. SunLight General, a woman-owned business, is applying its experience and a track record of providing clean, affordable energy to financing the project.