A Cornish church has installed a 7.68kWp system on its roof to help reduce the church’s escalating electricity bills.

The two 3.84kWp systems were installed on the roof of Lanner Methodist Church by Cornwall-based Enact Energy. The installation of the 32 solar modules was the brainchild of Church Steward and retired Environmental Scientist, Euan McPhee, after he experienced the benefits of solar first-hand through panels fitted on his own home.

Speaking to Business Cornwall, McPhee 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.

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