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Church leads way with solar panels

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: August 05, 2009

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SOLAR panels installed on a medieval church have been dedicated in a ceremony conducted by the Bishop of Lincoln.

The Right Reverend Dr John Saxbee officiated at the ceremony, dedicating the 54 solar photovoltaic panels installed on the roof of the south aisle of St Denys' Church in Sleaford.

The idea to install the panels on the Grade-1 listed building came from the curate of St Denys' Church, the Rev Jeremy Cullimore.

The scheme has a £56,000 price tag, but the Rev Cullimore managed to secure 95 per cent of the cost through outside funding.

A 50 per cent grant came from the Department for Business and Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

A second grant, which came from the National Lottery's Community Sustainable Energy Programme, covered another 45 per cent of the bill.

St Denys is the first church in the area to be fitted with the panels, which are expected to remain in working order for up to 40 years.

The panels can create electricity from all types of light – not just direct sunlight.

They will create more than £3,200 worth of energy annually, which will then be supplied direct to the National Grid.

The church will save about four-and-a-half tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year, which is roughly equivalent to the volume of the knave and the north and south side aisles.

The Rev Cullimore told the Target: "We hope to use this installation to encourage others to engage with ways they can tackle the issue of climate change.

"We are making a really big statement about sustainable energy and we are leading the way for others to follow."

The work was been undertaken by Leicestershire firm Norman and Underwood, which has previously carried out work on Canterbury Cathedral.

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