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Church launches second solar-powered meetinghouse

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unveiled its first-ever solar-powered meetinghouse in the Northern Hemisphere a year ago in Farmington, Utah. The building earned Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for implementing elements of “green” design.

Now, a meetinghouse just completed in Mesa, Arizona, is the second of three prototypes that will use the sun’s energy to produce as much electricity as the building consumes in a year to achieve a “net-zero” utility cost.

It is the latest use of state-of-the-art technology by the Church in its construction design. H. David Burton, presiding bishop of the Church, said, “For decades we have looked for innovative ways to use natural resources in our meetinghouses that reflect our commitment as wise stewards of God’s creations.”

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