Church embraces solar energy


A Cornish church has become one of the first in the UK to light the way for renewable energy after having solar panels fitted its roof to help reduce the electricity bills.

Church steward Euan McPhee outside Lanner Methodist Church

Two 3.84kWp systems, installed in banks of 16 photovoltaic (electricity) solar panels, have been installed on Lanner Methodist Church as well as the church hall by Enact Energy.

The project to introduce solar energy at Lanner – one of only a handful of Methodist churches around the UK to have thus far turned to solar – has been spearheaded by church steward and retired environmental scientist Euan McPhee after he had solar panels fitted to his own home.

He said: “I’ve been interested in environmentally friendly, sustainable solutions for a long time, so when I had solar panels fitted to my home and was really pleased with the whole experience I thought it would be a great opportunity for the church to not only reduce its electricity bills but receive annual payments for having solar, so recommended to the Church Council that we do the same.

“Hopefully this will be the start of a project that will make the church a beacon of renewable energy.”


  1. It’s great to see small organisations like churches and local businesses adopt solar power. It sends a message to others in the local area as well as provides many benefits to the owner.

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