St John’s C of E church at Farsley, Leeds, has installed 16 solar panels on its roof, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post. The church, which was donated £11,000 by an anonymous member of the congregation, will use the feed-in tariff payments to raise money for church funds.

Rosie Tudge, wife of St John’s Vicar Paul Tudge, said the project did not go ahead without some difficulties.

“Unlike domestic buildings we had to get planning permission from Leeds City Council,” she said.

“They were very sympathetic. We also then had to get permission from the Church of England.

“The church was built in 1843 and is a Grade 2 listed building. It took hours and weeks to prepare the paperwork.”