Groundbreaking Solar Array Built on Louisville Archdiocese Pastoral Center

AJRC recently converted the former Holy Family grade school into a modern office building for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville. Over 30,000 SF of classrooms and cafeteria were replaced with private offices and a conference center. An additional 8,000-SF wing was constructed for administration offices and a public lobby that will also function as event space.

The existing building underwent extensive asbestos abatement and demolition to prepare for its new purpose. The exterior walls and original roofs were upgraded with foam insulation. All windows were replaced with double-pane, low-E storefront. All mechanical systems and fixtures were replaced with new equipment, such as LED light fixtures and photo-voltaic solar panels on the roof.

The addition complements the original school with matching red brick and limestone while introducing glass curtain-wall and metal panels to provide a modern refresh to the campus appearance.

The Archdiocese of Louisville is now leading the way in clean, renewable energy in the area along with its new partner, the Louisville Gas and Electric Company. The partnership, called Business Solar, now operates the first diocesan-based solar array in Kentucky. The array, which is located at the Archdiocese's Pastoral Center and Headquarters at 39040 Poplar Level Road, will play a significant role in keeping Louisville green as well as saving the archdiocese money on energy. 

The archdiocese's solar array, built and installed by LG&E, is a rooftop-mounted system consisting of 100 solar panels. The solar facility was built to maximize the space and resources available. The system is expected to produce 30 kilowatts of power per year, which is more than enough energy to power four typical residential homes for one year.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, a strong advocate for clean, renewable energy, has cited Pope Francis, calling on everyone — "churches, businesses, the civic community, neighborhoods, and individuals" — to have a shared responsibility in caring for others and the environment. To learn more about the Archdiocese of Louisville's solar panel array, click here.