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Posted: Monday, May 2, 2011 5:23 pm | Updated: 5:23 pm, Mon May 2, 2011.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has unveiled a new solar-powered 19,400-square-foot meetinghouse in east Mesa.

It’s the second of three prototype facilities the Mormon church has incorporated that will use the sun’s energy to produce as much energy as the building consumes.

“For decades we have looked for innovative ways to use natural resources in our meetinghouses that reflect our commitment as wise stewards of God’s creations,” said H. David Burton, presiding bishop of the church.

The first LDS facility to use solar energy in Farmington, Utah, saved nearly $5,000 in utility costs during its first year while reducing the structure’s carbon footprint.

The Mesa meetinghouse is a departure from the church’s traditional sloped-roof design in order to incorporate 143 solar panels on the roof. While the roof looks flat, it is actually a low-sloped design to allow for drainage while still hiding the solar panels from view.

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