A priest in Pleszew, Poland has installed a 12-metre-tall cross made from solar panels to help save his church money as well as aid the environment.

The cross is constructed from 14 photovoltaic panels that produce 5.2kW of electricity per hour when the sun is shining.  It is hoped that the use of solar power will reduce the church’s electricity costs, which can be as much as £406 a month in the winter, to zero.

Father Krzysztof Guziałek revealed that the roof of the church did not receive sufficient sunlight for a conventional solar panel installation, so it was necessary to situate them on the front face of the building – which led to the idea of forming them into a cross.  Local residents have shown approval of the ‘eco cross’, with one calling it a “beautiful idea”.  Another said: “The cross is beautiful, economical and ecological.”

Local media reported that the priest is no stranger to environmental causes, and his sermons often include pleas on matters such as reducing plastic waste and the dumping of rubbish in forests.  His church has also stopped using plastic bottles, in favour of glass.

Guziałek said: “We must not shy away from climate change.  We must do everything to protect the world from destruction. Man has a barbaric approach to nature.  But we should ask ourselves what we will leave for future generations.”

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A priest in Pleszew, Poland has installed a 12-metre-tall cross made from solar panels to help save his church money as well as aid the environment.

The cross is constructed from 14 photovoltaic panels that produce 5.2kW of electricity per hour when the sun is shining.  It is hoped that the use of solar power will reduce the church’s electricity costs, which can be as much as £406 a month in the winter, to zero.

Father Krzysztof Guziałek revealed that the roof of the church did not receive sufficient sunlight for a conventional solar panel installation, so it was necessary to situate them on the front face of the building – which led to the idea of forming them into a cross.  Local residents have shown approval of the ‘eco cross’, with one calling it a “beautiful idea”.  Another said: “The cross is beautiful, economical and ecological.”

Local media reported that the priest is no stranger to environmental causes, and his sermons often include pleas on matters such as reducing plastic waste and the dumping of rubbish in forests.  His church has also stopped using plastic bottles, in favour of glass.

Guziałek said: “We must not shy away from climate change.  We must do everything to protect the world from destruction. Man has a barbaric approach to nature.  But we should ask ourselves what we will leave for future generations.”

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