AT A GLANCE
|System Size:||4.0 kW|
|Carbon offset||2.1 Tonnes pa|
Green makeover helps city centre church save money
Renewable energy also reduces lowers church’s energy bills and CO2 emissions.
A steep-roofed church is saving hundreds of pounds a year on electricity bills whilst significantly lowering its carbon footprint. St Matthias Church in Mutley, Plymouth, had the 16-panel system designed and installed by SunGift Energy on the south-facing roof its church hall.
The design and installation of the panels was particularly tricky, as the roof was steep and there was no a ‘ridge’ to hang a roof ladder on. However, SunGift experts produced a unique design and utilised the system’s panel rails to safely install the array in just three days.
The Reverend Paul Bryce, Chaplain of the church, said: “One of our major running costs is our electricity bill, so anything that we can do to reduce this – and ensure that it doesn’t rise over the coming years – is hugely beneficial. Now, almost all of the free solar energy we generate is used by us, rather than being fed back into the national grid.”
He added: “Using a reliable local company like SunGift Solar to carry out work has definite benefits. Not only did they fully accommodate the needs of all of the groups that use the hall, but they saved us valuable time and money by carrying out additional maintenance work on the roof and replacing a number of broken slates. I can’t recommend them highly enough..”
Integrating renewable energy
Gabriel Wondrausch, Managing Director of SunGift Solar, said:
“So many people benefit when you install renewable energy systems for local community groups. As the costs of utilities rise, many more churches are looking towards renewable energy, as it guarantees them lower costs over both the short and long term and it reduces their environmental impact.”
Trusted Local Installers
St Matthias’s Church further engages its congregation by them with an information sheet about the system and access to its online statistics package so that they can monitor how much energy the panels are generating minute by minute.