08/10/2011 01:03 pm ET Updated Oct 10, 2011

Mount Vernon Unitarian Church To Produce Net-Zero Energy

The Mount Vernon Unitarian Church is nearing the completion of a system overhaul to make it a net-zero energy producing facility.

After breaking ground and 'retiring' its existing fossil fuel-powered heating and cooling units in December 2010, the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church has installed photovoltaic cells on the structure's roof and geothermal coils underground. The process is expected to be complete this summer. Once finished, church will be a net-zero energy structure—perhaps the first church in Virginia to hold such a distinction.

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