Solar panels for Christ Church Bayston Hill
In October 2010 Tim Lomax, the vicar here at Christ Church Bayston Hill, asked the building management group to look at the feasibility of installing solar panels on the roof of the church building. This was viewed as being part of the church’s wider vision to grow and finance a long term ministry in the Bayston Hill area of Shrewsbury.
In March 2011 the PCC approved plans to place a large number of photovoltaic solar panels on the south aspect of the main worship area roof. The attached picture gives an idea of what the panels will look like and they should generate significant quantities of electricity.
Although not cheap it is important to understand that the project will be self financing. The loan will be paid off in around 10 years as a result of the income gained from generating electricity through the panels, which would then allow income from following years to be used for other church purposes.Underlying aims of the project
- a) Christ Church has a responsibility to look after the planet as part of God’s creation and supports energy being produced from renewable sources. Our solar panel installation, which will supply the amount of electricity of 5 family houses, is expected to save a total of 9,660 kg of carbon per annum (around 10 tonnes carbon each year).
- b) To put the church finances on a more sustainable footing for the long term, both through income generated and also by cushioning the church from rising electricity prices. The knock on effect will be that income can be directed to other areas of church ministry.
Andy Houghton (church warden)