BELLVILLE — The All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church is applying with the village planning commission to put in solar energy panels.
The church, located next to village hall, must go through the village because the structure is in Bellville’s architectural district.
The planning commissionn is considering the church’s application at its Monday night meeting.
Chuck Rhodes, a trustee at the church, said this project at the church will combine the old and the new.
This will be the 125th year for the church, built in 1894, Rhodes said.
It will be “one of the oldest buildings with the newest technology” in the village, he said.
Third Sun Solar, of Athens, will be doing the project. The estimated cost of the project is $18,000 “plus,” said Rhodes.
Drawings will be submitted to the planning commission. Because the roof is standing seam it means the solar panels, about 2 by 4 feet, can be attached to the seams, Rhodes said.
There will be 24 panels.
The church has scheduled the work to begin Feb. 19, weather permitting.
The submission of the plans must go through the planning commission and then be presented to village council.
The installation should take about three days, Rhodes said.
The idea to put in solar panels has been around for about four years, Rhodes said. A Bellville resident had put in solar panels at his house, and he was consulted about the project.
The church had been considering what it could do to improve the building, Rhodes said. After talking to resident Brad Smith, owner of Smith True Value, the church decided to proceed with the project.
Putting in solar panels takes a building “off the grid” in power use, Rhodes said. Third Sun Solar has been in business 16 years and its project will be a “turn key operation,” meaning once the company puts in the system the church will “run with it.”
Rhodes worked with a committee of five people on the solar panel project. As trustee he is responsible with overseeing the building and maintenance. He has had background in that kind of work at previous jobs. He worked at Mohican Youth Center and the Training Center for Youth in Columbus years ago, he said.