Work Finished on UK's First Solar Panelled Church

The UK made an energy saving first this week, as work was finished on the first solar tiled church in Britain.

The £380,000 project was completed on St Silas in Petonville London following various charitable donations from the parishioners, sponsoring the build of the roof slate by slate.

The majority of the roof has now been covered in PV tiles, specially designed to fit in with the surrounding architecture.

Priest of the parish, Father Shaun Richards said that although his church was the first to be fitted with solar tiles, he was hopeful that it would not be the last. He stated: "I'm certain it will catch on because we all have south facing roofs, we all have huge energy bills and we all have a commitment to reduce our carbon footprint in line with Diocesan policies."

The Diocese which the church belongs to is the largest in England and has set a tough target of reducing its carbon emissions by 20.12% by 2012.

It is predicted that the newly fitted panels will meet almost half of the energy requirement for St Silas Church.

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