Saint Thomas’s Renewable Energy Project

"Reducing our carbon footprint" is the mandate of Saint Thomas's Green Team. One way to meet this mandate is through renewable energy. On July 11, 2018, Saint Thomas's started generating electricity using solar panels installed on the roof of the Parish Hall, and we began contributing that electricity to the power grid under Ontario's microFIT program. The cost of the solar panel installation was met through donations made by members of the parish, and the project was led by parishioner Rob Kennedy.

Solar panels have been a long-standing goal of Saint Thomas's Green Team. The reasons for this goal were well-stated by Bishop Jenny Andison in providing the consent of the Diocese of Toronto for this project: "[Being proximate to the University of Toronto] installation of solar panels is a real and visible message to that socially aware community about the church's commitment to renewal energy and environmental stewardship. This project will enhance the parish's ministry by virtue of signalling its sense of social responsibility".

In addition to our investment in renewable energy, Saint Thomas's commitment to environmental stewardship includes our Parish Garden, a vegetable garden just off bp Nicol Lane that is tended by members of the parish and members of the Huron Sussex neighbourhood.