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Religions 'should use solar power'

Solar panels on religious buildings could raise up to £34M a year in tariffs and savings, British Gas has claimed.

Panels installed on roofs could also help religious groups save up to 42,000t of carbon dioxide annually, said the company in its green streets programme.

Religious centres could raise more than £29M from feed-in tariffs, a scheme which pays people for creating their own electricity from small-scale renewables, and could save £5 million a year on electricity bills by generating their own power.

The programme features 14 communities competing to save and generate the most green energy with funding from British Gas - with the winners scooping a £100,000 prize for their local area.

Phil Bentley, managing director of British Gas, said: “Religious buildings are particularly well suited to solar power as they tend to have large south-facing roofs which receive direct sunlight for the main part of the day.”

British Gas estimates that if all 16,247 Church of England churches in the UK - many of which point east and have large south-facing roofs as a result - were to install solar panels they could save almost £2.8M on bills and make more than £17M from feed-in tariffs.

Mosques, synagogues and Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist temples could also benefit from installing the renewable energy technology.

The UK’s churches and other religious buildings such as mosques could raise up to £34M a year by installing solar panels on their roofs, British Gas suggested.

The company estimates religious centres could generate more than £29M from feed-in tariffs, which pay households and organisations for the electricity they generate from small-scale renewables.

And they could make savings of £5 million a year on electricity bills by generating their own power from solar panels.

Installing the renewable energy technology would also help religious organisations save up to 42,000t of carbon dioxide each year, according to British Gas’s green streets programme.

Phil Bentley, managing director of British Gas, said: “Religious buildings are particularly well suited to solar power as they tend to have large south-facing roofs which receive direct sunlight for the main part of the day.”

Readers' comments (2)

  • Good idea, but planning and listed building regulations may limit the scope here. Also, what about the large capital cost of buying and installing the solar panels in the first instance.....

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  • The sun shines on the righteous !

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