The Little Brown Church
The Little Brown Church nestled between Maxwelton and French roads on Whidbey Island, improved their sunny disposition. Last year, a 9.36kW photovoltaic system consisting of 39 locally manufactured, Itek Energy panels and battery backup system manufactured by Outback Power were installed on the church by Western Solar Inc.
The customer, Mills, purchased the local landmark in 2008 with a vision for it to be a place of refuge for the community during powerful storms and emergencies. Somewhere neighbors could gather to charge electronics, warm up, refrigerate medication and even access Wi-Fi.
Established in 1910 with the help of Mills’ grandparents, the Little Brown Church was a longtime community fixture in Clinton. When the church went up for sale, Mills purchased the landmark with plans to revive the community center that his grandparents helped build.