Norfolk church bids for a greener future
2009: Pioneering Christians in Bungay are nearing completion on a £100,000 plan to make their church greener.
Emmanuel Church is undergoing a carbon reduction project that will see solar panels installed on the roofs of the church halls to power the buildings along with more energy-efficient convector heaters and it is planned that the solar panels will be fitted by the spring.
Graham Gibbs, a church member who is a heading the project, said he thought it would be the only church in the area to be using solar power.
So far 50pc of the money required to install the solar panels has been raised through a grant from the Low Carbon Building Programme, and church members are now being asked for interest-free loans, while the search is on for grants.
“It's been a massive project,” said Mr Gibbs. “We want it to be used as an example to the town. If householders can see our system working they might put a similar array on their roofs. Then we're getting somewhere. I firmly believe that in this planet of ours we've got to do something to get away from carbon fossil fuels.”
Pictured above is Graham Gibbs with one of the solar panels outside Emmanuel Church, Bungay. Picture by EDP
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