Sacred Heart Church


Sacred Heart Church in Salinas is currently presided over by Fr. Manuel Recera. They offer ministries such as individual emergency assistance through the St. Vincent de Paul Society, bereavement counselling, services for homebound parishioners, and faith formation and education. Sacred Heart is also active in a number of other organizations, including Cursillo, the Knights of Columbus, Respect Life, Retrouvaille, and Worldwide Marriage Encounter.


About the Green Churches Initiative

Inspired by Pope Francis’ message of environmental stewardship in his encyclical Laudato Si, Greenpower began our Green Churches Initiative in 2016 in collaboration with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Monterey of California and Santa Cruz-based energy efficiency and solar experts Mynt Systems. Our goal is to transform Diocese churches and schools into beacons of sustainable energy production by installing renewable energy systems like solar as well as energy efficiency measures like LED lighting retrofits. Not only will this help protect the environment, it will help save the Diocese millions of dollars that can be used for education and charitable ministries.


Proposal Completed

Mynt has presented a project proposal to Sacred Heart Church that outlines how they could reduce their electric bill by nearly 80% while saving them almost $1,000 in the first year and up to more than $400,000 by year 25. These energy savings will prevent a million pounds lbs of carbon from being released into the atmosphere over the next 25 years, equivalent to planting more than 12,000 trees or driving around the Earth 45 times!


Energy Assessment Completed

On August 30, 2016, Mynt Systems visited Sacred Heart church and assessed their appliances, light fixtures, heating and ventilation, and roof space to begin analyzing their energy use patterns and put together an effective and personalized energy efficiency and solar system project proposal.


Energy Assessment Scheduled

Sacred Heart Church has taken the next step in moving forward with implementing solar and energy efficiency at their properties by scheduling Mynt Systems to perform a full audit of their appliances, light fixtures, heating and ventilation, and roof space for energy efficiency retrofits and solar on August 30, 2016.


First Steps

Greenpower representatives went to Sacred Heart Church on June 17, 2016, where they presented the Green Churches initiative from the Catholic Diocese of Monterey, Mynt Systems, and the Romero Institute, and how they could dramatically reduce their electricity bills while answering Pope Francis’ call for environmental stewardship.



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