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Carbon-neutral churches could boost demand for PV courses

There may be more demand for PV courses in future if further congregations follow the lead of one forward-thinking parish in Berkshire.

BBC News reported that St George the Martyr Church has installed 129 solar panels in its attempts to become one of the first carbon-neutral buildings of its kind in the UK.

If more congregations decide to follow suit, there could be greater demand for the services of tradesmen who have completed PV courses.

David Shreeve, environmental adviser to the Archbishop's Council, told the news provider: "There are an awful lot more churches that could install solar panels. The Church of England has 16,200 churches, most of which have south-facing roofs."

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, who is a regular member of the congregation, recently told BBC Radio Berkshire that the project is "wonderful".

This week, the Financial Times reported that one of the biggest installers of solar panels in Germany, SunConcept, has set up a base in Maidstone, Kent.

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