St. John the Baptist


St. John the Baptist Church was formed in King City, CA in 1891 by Father Cajetan Sorrentini, a pastor from Sacred Heart Church in Salinas. Father Lucas Pantoja is the current pastor. They offer a spiritual assistance hotline, and have a three-year, parish-centered process of spiritual renewal and evangelization separated into five six-week sessions. Furthermore, they offer Youth Mass and teach kindergarten through grade 6.


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 presented a project proposal to St. John the Baptist Church that outlined how they could reduce their electric bill by 97% while saving them close to $1,000 in the first year, and up to more than $120,000 over 25 years. These energy savings will prevent nearly a quarter of a million pounds carbon from being released into the atmosphere over the next 25 years, equivalent to planting 2,700 trees or driving around the Earth 10 times!


Energy Assessment Completed

On November 15, 2016, Mynt Systems visited St. John the Baptist 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

St. John the Baptist Church has taken the next step in embracing energy efficiency and solar 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 November 15, 2016.


First Steps

St. John the Baptist Church sent representatives to a Greenpower presentation on October 27, 2016 at Sacred Heart Church, where they learned about the Green Churches Initiative from the Catholic Diocese of Monterey, Mynt Systems, and the Romero Institute, and how they could drastically reduce their electricity bills while answering Pope Francis’ call for environmental stewardship.



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