Chua Di Lac Buddhist Temple Goes Solar

The photovoltaic system will produce 75,000 kilowatt hours of clean energy in its first year.
Mitsubishi Electric solar modules cover Chua Di Lac Buddhist Temple & Unified Event Center. The 49.8 kW installation is in San Jose, Calif.

Mitsubishi Electric solar modules cover Chua Di Lac Buddhist Temple & Unified Event Center. The 49.8 kW installation is in San Jose, Calif.

San Jose, Calif.—San Jose’s Vietnamese community got its first Mitsubishi Electric photovoltaic system at Chua Di Lac Buddhist Temple. One of the newer temples in Northern California, it is the beneficiary of a 49.8-kilowatt system.

“We believe that spirituality includes engagement in ecological issues,” Loanie Lam, owner, Chua Di Lac Buddhist Temple & Unified Event Center, said in a prepared statement. “We give back to the community through healing and yoga classes as well as teaching children how to meditate and live in the present moment. It’s beautiful to see the children go home and share the techniques with their parents on how to stay calm and release stress through breathing. Installing a photovoltaic system and converting to sustainable energy is an extension of our commitment to our community and mother earth.”

The photovoltaic system was installed by San Jose-based Solar System Inc. with inverters from Yaskawa – Solectria Solar and racking from PanelClaw. It features 188 Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Pro solar modules, which have the potential to offset 90 percent of the temple’s electricity needs and produce 75,000-kilowatt hours of renewable energy in its first year. Moreover, the system will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 57 tons annually, the equivalent of recycling 16 tons of garbage, and will offset CO2 emissions equal to 56,245 pounds of coal burned.

“Loanie and the organization have already contributed so much to the community and accomplished a great deal,” said Gina Heng, vice president & general manager of Mitsubishi Electric Photovoltaic Division. “We are honored she selected Mitsubishi Electric panels to continue her quest to give back to the community and environment.”