Unity Renaissance of Chesapeake, VA recently became the first solar powered church in Hampton Roads.  Through a third party financing model, Unity Renaissance was able to obtain clean solar energy with no money down.  The church has entered into a power purchase agreement with Convert Solar via Dominion Energy Virginia’s Renewable Energy Pilot Program.  Convert Solar installed and will own the system for 10 years.  Unity Renaissance will pay Convert Solar market value for the energy produced by the solar array.  These payments will be offset by savings on their Dominion bill and will not increase the amount they pay for electricity on an annual basis.  No money down, no increased electricity costs, and clean solar energy to meet 50 % of the church’s annual electricity needs.  Yes, this is free solar energy!  Even better, at the end of the 10 year PPA contract, Unity Renaissance will take ownership of the system and pocket the savings that total thousands of dollars per year.