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Green church opens doors

A Pertshire church has become the first environmentally friendly Church of Scotland place of worship.

The £1.8 million church built to replace Bankfoot's burned Moneydie Parish Church, features a ground source heat pump and two wind turbines, reports the Perthsire Advertiser.

Not only is it the first church to be designed to generate its own heat and electricity, but it is also the commercial premise with the lowest carbon footprint in Scotland.

Ground source heat pumps use the heat stored underground to warm buildings and water.

Although they do require energy to run, they are still low-carbon and energy efficient as for every unit of energy input, they generate three.

The church, which was built without public money, also features a sports hall, day care centre, health clinic and conference facilities.

"It seems to have inspired a number of other churches to pursue their own green initiatives and we?ve even had visitors from Canada and the USA," reverend Iain McFadzean told the publication.

"We are pleased to share our knowledge and experience and would urge any group considering whether to pursue this avenue to get in touch."

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