By Jerry Moore
Source My Suburban Life
For his first five years of living in Riverside, Scott Jansen endured five or six power outages lasting at least an hour every year.
So, he decided he would be prepared for the next blackout, and installed three solar panels on the roof of his garage. The panels provide his home with enough backup energy to power some essential items in times of need.
“I put the solar panels up about a year ago,” Jansen said. “But since I did that, I haven’t experienced a single power outage!”
That’s a problem Jansen likes having. He also loves the idea of conserving as much energy from the power grid as possible, and he has a couple of good incentives to pursue and promote such a system.
As an engineer, Jansen was intrigued by the prospect of designing and installing the system himself. And as an ordained minister, he believes people have a responsibility to care for God’s creation.
“I was an engineer for about four years, and I was volunteering at a church in the evenings and whatnot,” Jansen said. “And I felt God was calling me to do that. I thought that’s where I really felt I was resonating with my purpose, and so I gave up the engineering job and became a pastor.”
Jansen said he has been pastor of Riverside Presbyterian Church for the past six years. He has been in the ministry for about 25 years, he said.
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