Dale Street Methodist Church has turned to midlands-based Eco2Solar to install solar panels on the church’s roof.

Eco2Solar has been working with Dale Street Methodist Church to help lower its carbon emissions by installing a 9.75kWp solar PV system.

The system got the go-ahead after five members of the Dale Street congregation appointed Eco2Solar as installers after agreeing to fund the installation with interest free loans to the church.

The array at Dale Street church consists of 39 Suntech modules that are expected to produce in excess of 8,000kWh of electricity a year, enough to power 2.5 average homes and save 4 tonnes of CO2 from being emitted every year.

The church will consume the majority of energy on-site to help reduce its utility costs. An annual FiT income of around £1,400 will help the church pay back the loans it used to procure the system.

Property Steward of Dale Street Methodist Church, Andrew Emm said: “We were immediately impressed with Eco2Solar and its competitive offering. It’s great to know the system is immediately generating renewable energy to help reduce our environmental impact.”

Emm added: “We have already seen the system running as high as 70 per cent in just winter sunshine. We were confident to work with Eco2Solar knowing that our 100 year old slate roof was in safe hands.

“Dale Street Methodist Church is leading the way forward ensuring renewable energy plays an important role in the local area”, commented Paul Hutchens, Managing Director of Eco2Solar.

Hutchens said: “We are delighted to support the church and its congregation. It is always very rewarding to be a part of a project where the community has invested so much valuable time, care and money.

“It shows even the most treasured buildings can benefit from solar panel installation without detracting from the original features.”