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Solar Panels

As part of its stewardship of the earth's resources and from a deep concern for those whose livlihood is threatened by changes in the earth's climate, Nailsea Methodist Church (NMC) installed 40 solar panels on its west facing church roof in December 2011. In this project NMC seeks to demonstrate in a small way its support for ambitious targets to reduce the UK's carbon footprint.

 The nominal generating capacity of the system is 10kW and was paid for from financial gifts and loans from the congregation and a grant of £5000 from the national Methodist Church.  It is estimated that the system, installed by Backwell company Solarsense, will dramatically shrink the church’s carbon footprint and lead to a 4.5 tonne carbon saving in the space of a year. Since installation the system has generated almost 56,700kWh of electricity and has saved approximately 7000kWh annually from the church's own consumption (September 2017 data).

 The system was installed by Solarsense UK Ltd, established in 1994, and based in Backwell. They had at the time designed and installed over 5500 solar thermal and PV systems. They were winners of the REA Company of the Year Award 2011 and subsequent winners in 2012. Their longstanding experience and direct action approach to charity mark them out as the South West’s leading solar company.

Every year Solarsense dedicate considerable time as well as a percentage of profit to charitable solar projects, usually teaming up with an existing charity to go out and install, using solar energy systems to improve community health or social facilities in various parts of the developing world. (2011-12 overseas charity partner is For-Ethiopia).

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