The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) this month is awarding its Triple E Award—for Energy Efficiency Effort—to New Hope Ministries, a Naples nondenominational church serving 1,800 members. Church leadership demonstrated “E” for effort in constructing its recently completed New Hope Ministries Event Center by incorporating efficiencies that render energy and cost savings.
“The Commission is pleased to recognize New Hope Ministries for implementing PSC-approved, cost-effective conservation programs,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “We congratulate Senior Pastor Grant Thigpen, the Board of Directors, Church Coordinator Al Roe, and Maintenance Director Paul Koch who put into service a Thermal Energy Storage System that is saving money for use in community outreach ministries. We hope other small businesses will follow suit, working with their local utility to help reduce their energy footprint.”
“Conserving energy wasn’t necessarily in my job description as a pastor, but I knew our church needed to be more energy efficient,” Pastor Thigpen said. “We worked closely with Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) to make sure it was cost effective to put the Thermal Energy Storage System into operation. We’re proud to accept this award and also appreciate FPL’s assistance in helping us save additional money with a seasonal Time of Use rate.”
“New Hope Ministries, experiencing new challenges and continued growth, wanted to save money on monthly utility bills to put towards expanding its ministry,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. “We’re pleased to assist small business and nonprofit customers that want to conserve energy and save money, and our varied energy efficiency programs help these organizations achieve these goals.”
The PSC encourages cost-effective conservation and renewable energy to reduce the use of fossil fuels and defer the need for new generating capacity. Through the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act, the PSC approves conservation programs for the state’s five investor-owned utilities, JEA, and the Orlando Utilities Commission.
Covering the state’s five major geographic areas, each month the PSC gives its Triple E Award to a local business that has accomplished superior energy efficiency. Look for PSC Triple E Award recipients throughout 2014 under Hot Topics on the PSC’s homepage, www.floridapsc.com.
About New Hope Ministries
New Hope Ministries began as a home Bible study on February 11, 1982. Within a few weeks, larger accommodations were required, and the church has continued to grow, relocating several more times to accommodate larger membership. The first service in its current facilities was held in April 1997, and the 40,000 square foot New Hope Ministries Event Center was opened in March 2011. For more information, please call 239-348-0122; or visit the church’s website, http://www.newhopeministries.org.
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