While outside the weather was damp,windy and wet, inside Laidlaw Memorial United church, everyone was having sunny thoughts over coffee, sandwiches and sweet treats.
Going Solar: answers for faith communities, homeowners and businesses drew together a huge crowd of well over 100, with people arriving not only from Hamilton, Burlington and Dundas but as far as Brantford, Brampton, Dunnville Scarbourough, Oakville and Cayuga.
Four speakers gave presentations.
Kristina Inrig, Provincial Program Director of Faith & the Common Good's Greening Sacred Spaces project gave a general overview of solar, the green energy act and incentives to going solar.
Rick Salay of the Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Toronto talked about the Solar project at this church and the debenture program they have going on to help with funding the project.
Dan Cole, director of Direct Current Renewable Energy Systems in Brantford talked about his Initiative for faith and 'not for profit' groups and coop buying in bulk. His company is the one putting the solar panels on Laidlaw this month.
Paul Charbonneau, President of Energy Advocate in Toronto wrapped it up by filling in the gaps and basically concluded with words that left the audience thinking: "solar is natural. Oil and coal are the actual alternatives!"
A panel discussion followed where the audience got a chance to get their questions answered.