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Lighting the Way

Lighting the Way is a GreenFaith program in NJ that enables houses of worship to go solar at no upfront cost


Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell solar panels up close

In 2003, GreenFaith worked with the solar installer Sun Farm Network to launch Lighting the Way, an opportunity for religious institutions in New Jersey to install solar electric systems on their buildings at no upfront cost.  23 religious institutions around New Jersey participated, and these solar arrays are hard at work generating clean, renewable energy--preventing over 8,536,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions from entering earth’s atmosphere over the next 20 years.

Here are 4 Lighting the Way success stories that demonstrate the kinds of approaches and processes that can lead to success:


The Reformed Church of Highland Park: A solar installation on the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall.

Temple B'nai Abraham of Livingston: A solar installation on a flat roof.

Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell: One of the largest faith-based solar installations in New Jersey.

Church of the Good Shepherd of Wantage: A ground-mounted solar array.


Due to a rapidly changing solar market in NJ, Lighting the Way is no longer taking applications.  However, GreenFaith is working to develop further solar opportunities for religious facilities and will post additional opportunities on the website as they arise.

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