Church of England puts faith in solar

The Church of England (CoE) has taken advantage of a High Court decision to extend the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) window for solar panels until March 3.

As a result of the solar subsidy extension, more than 100 churches have installed photovoltaic (PV) panels in a bid make the most of the higher FIT payback, bringing the total of CoE properties using PV to nearly 500.

Since January this year, green energy supplier Ecotricity has helped the CoE boost the number of churches, vicarages, and schools across Gloucester, Exeter and Bath & Wells that use renewable energy as part of its ‘Parish Buying’ scheme.

This is in line with the CoE’s ‘Shrinking the Footprint’ national campaign, which aims to encourage parishes to reduce their carbon footprint by making greener purchasing choices, with a target of cutting carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.

Ecotricity founder Dale Vince, said: “The CoE is setting a great example for others to follow. They are looking right across their organisation and making it as sustainable as possible.”

Carys Matthews

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