100% Solar Powered
"In light of the growing impact of climate change on the global community, we, the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, honoring our interdependence with all God’s creation and in a spirit of nonviolence, personally and communally renew and recommit to care for Earth, home of all living creatures.” Corporate Stance of the Sisters of St. Agnes, May 31, 2016
In 2020, when Alliant Energy announced the launch of its first community solar project in Fond du Lac, CSA supported the endeavor by purchasing 538 solar panels (called “blocks”) of the solar garden. This investment means that the entire St. Agnes Convent and the on-site maintenance building will be 100% powered by the sun. The Community Solar program provides an opportunity for customers, both residential and corporate, to share the benefits of solar power without having to install solar panels on their property and will be fully operational by the end of 2021.
The 880-panel solar installation on our motherhouse grounds is a tangible reflection of our commitment to care for Earth. Our solar panels generate 50% of our energy needs and substantially reduce our carbon footprint. We invite you to learn more about solar energy by visiting our solar installation and the solar energy walking path. Educational tours are available for school groups as well as a self-guided tour for individuals. For current statistics on our solar energy production, click on the link above to view our solar meter.
“Creation is a wonderful gift that God has given us. We must care for and use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.” Pope Francis “Laudato Si!”
As a congregation, the Sisters of St. Agnes have a longtime commitment to the conservation of the land entrusted to us. We have cared for the soil, tended the woods and preserved the integrity of the springs that flow through the Congregations’ property in Fond du Lac. Our solar installation represents our corporate commitment to future generations and comes at a time when Pope Francis is calling upon the church, and the world, to take seriously the threat posed to our human dignity from the effects of climate change.
Specifics of the installation
- 247 KW
- 880 Solar panels
- Enough to power 32 homes
- $35,000 worth of electricity generated each year
- Supplying 50% of the electrical needs of the motherhouse