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UVA Community Credit Union Proudly Finances St. Mark Lutheran Church Solar Project

Janine Williams
Vice President of Marketing
UVA Community Credit Union

Charlottesville, VA, September 10, 2021: A community that collaborates for the greater good of the environment is shined upon. UVA Community Credit Union is proud to partner with St. Mark Lutheran Church to fund its solar panel installation, with the support of the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), Apex Clean Energy, and SunDay Solar.

“We are thrilled about this collaborative effort to support St. Mark Lutheran Church’s commitment to clean energy,” says Alison DeTuncq, president/CEO of UVA Community Credit Union. “As a not-for-profit member-owned cooperative, we are especially proud to help a fellow non-profit organization such as St. Mark Lutheran Church. In terms of the larger impact, this project benefits the community by contributing to a cleaner environment, supports the growth of the solar industry, and conserves higher cost energy resources.”

The solar project was designed and is being installed by SunDay Solar, a local company that has been operating in Charlottesville since 2010. The 63.7 kW solar array will offset 80% of St. Mark’s annual electricity needs and will abate more than 2,600,000 lbs. of CO2 emissions over 25 years. Chris Meyer, Executive Director of LEAP, notes that St. Mark's project is, "the largest solar project for a nonprofit the City of Charlottesville's Commercial Clean Energy Loan Program has supported to date."

It is also among the largest systems in the Commonwealth of Virginia. St. Mark Lutheran Church will hold a public blessing of its newly-installed solar array immediately following its morning service on Sunday, September 12 at approximately 10:45 a.m., located on the corner of Ivy and Alderman Roads in Charlottesville.

“We are so excited to partner with an entire team of local lenders, installers, businesses, and city officials to make our shared home more sustainable for future generations,” adds Chad Crowley, a member of St. Mark’s Mission Council and its Social Ministry Committee.

More information on how to utilize the Clean Energy Commercial Loan Program can be found at www.cvillegreenbiz.org or by contacting info@leap-va.org.


UVA Community Credit Union is an award winning not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative that provides a wide range of convenient and professionally managed personal and business financial services to its more than 70,000 members. Membership is open to everyone living, working, or attending school in, and businesses located throughout Virginia’s Central Piedmont and Valley area. Federally Insured by NCUA.

The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered in Charlottesville, VA. As a trusted nonprofit, LEAP delivers direct education and services for improved energy performance that address climate change; create cost savings for families and businesses; enable healthier, safer, and more durable buildings; and bolster local jobs and economic growth. leap-va.org

LEAP Contact: Erin Morgan, Marketing and Outreach Manager, Local Energy Alliance Program, erin@leap-va.org, 540-407-2412

St. Mark Lutheran Church, on the corner of Ivy and Alderman Roads in Charlottesville, and St. Mark Lutheran Preschool, are an affirming, grace-filled and reconciling community. If you are a parent, we want you to know your child is in a safe place and valued as a gift from God. Here you are part of the one body of Christ, important and valuable to all of us. If you are a UVA student and want a home-away from home, we hope you feel that we are a family to you. If you are LGBTQIA, we celebrate who you are and we affirm your loving relationships and marriage. If you are a visitor, we welcome you. Here, we are all saints and sinners. We are all beloved children of God. We are all called to share this undeserved love and grace. We are all welcomed to the table.

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