British churches urged to embrace solar power

12 Jul 2010
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Switching to renewable energy could help churches in the UK to save millions of pounds, experts have stated.

According to British Gas, many religious buildings in the UK have been hit hard by the economic downturn, while one in four Church of England dioceses are running a deficit.

As a result, it believes renewable energy systems such as solar panels could potentially help different faiths save lots of money.

Phil Bentley, managing director of British Gas, commented: "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."

He said the potential savings offered by renewable energy systems would give different denominations the chance to take a lead on tackling climate change in their communities.

Mr Bentley added that this would in turn help Britain move towards a low-carbon economy.

The EU is currently aiming to reduce its carbon emissions by 20 per cent on 1990 levels by 2020.

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