Belfast church greens its roof so solar PV savings boost community projects
By Eleanor McGillie
A BELFAST Church has installed a solar PV system on its roof because it says money being spent on huge electricity bills could be better spent in the community in which it serves.
The Ulster Temple Belfast, on Ravenhill Road, now has a 6.5kW Amber Green Solar PV system on its roof.
Joan Rob, the Ulster Temple Belfast’s finance administrator, said the decision to green its roof was down to simple economics.
She said: “It makes sense. We have the roof, we had the budget and we have a sound reason for wanting to do it. Our electricity bills have reached £1,300 in a quarter which is a lot of money to pay out.
“Amber Green Solar offered us a much more economic solution which means money which would have been spent paying large electricity bills can now be pumped back into the community which we serve.”
The Elim Church carries out vital work in its local community. Joan said the church will now be able to save money on bills and it will generate money from the Renewable Obligation Certificate scheme so the extra money generated by having solar PV can be used for community projects.
She said: “We did shop around because we knew we had to do something to reduce our bills. I am sure a lot of other churches are in the same position. We compared lots of different companies but it was Amber Green Solar which worked well for us. They were recommended to us but they also came out on top when we were doing our comparisons.
“The company uses Q-Cell panels which was a great attraction for us because not only are they European but there’s also a 25 year warranty.
“We will definitely reap our return on investment and it will be our community which will benefit.”
Noel Gallagher, director of Amber Green Solar, said the Ulster Temple Belfast had a clear vision and that was to use the most trusted company, which supplies quality solar PV panels which is guaranteed to save them money.
He said: “We hope a lot of other churches across Northern Ireland will take the same stance as the Ulster Temple Belfast. The team there could see that money which could have been spent on community projects had to be used to pay for rising electricity bills. It’s very honourable of the church to take steps to take back control of their own energy costs. We are delighted that an Amber Green Solar PV system will enable them to help their local community.”
If you would like to find out more about Amber Green Solar, call the team today on 0800 122 3838.
For more Government news on the Renewable Obligation Certificate and how it can help you visit www.detni.gov.uk
Notes To Editor:
- AmberGreen is a trusted market leader in sustainable energy in N Ireland for small and mid sized solar, wind and heat solutions. Providing a complete service, from consultancy through to sourcing, installation and after-care, the company uses only proven technologies, ensuring excellent returns on investments from sustainable power and heat generation. AmberGreen helps clients navigate green energy legislation and access to the financial support measures that exist. AmberGreen is proud to be putting control back into the hands of homes and businesses across the country to address and future-proof rising energy costs.
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