Vatican Installs Solar Panels On Roof

September 30, 2008

As reported by AP

ROME — The first solar panels were installed Monday on top of the papal audience hall at Vatican City.

Workers began putting photovoltaic cells on the roof of the hall to convert sunlight into electricity. In sunny Rome, engineers say the cells will produce enough electricity to illuminate, heat or cool the hall.

The hall is used for weekly papal audiences during winter and other times of year when the weather is bad.

Pope Benedict XVI’s has made conserving resources an important concern of his papacy.


 According to the workers involved in the project, a total of 2700 panels will be placed to provide 300,000 kilowatt hours which will be used to illuminate, heat or cool the building where the pontiff holds his general audiences in the winter and in bad weather. Concerts in honor of the pontiff are also staged in the 6,300-seat audience hall. In the background St. Peter’s Basilica. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
Our Perspective:
The Vatican is setting a good example. Let’s hope that the message will be received by all that we show respect for our resources and work to together to promote clean energy alternatives.
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