Profit for St Denys' solar panel project in Sleaford

Image caption English Heritage visited the church in 2008 to assess the visual impact of the panels

A church in Lincolnshire that had solar panels fitted to its roof more than two years ago is now producing enough electricity to cover its annual bill.

St Denys' in Sleaford invested £70,000 on 54 panels in 2008, inspired by an article about green energy in the Church Times.

It has since received many enquires about the project from other churches and organisations.

Canon John Patrick, from St Denys' said the scheme has been very successful.

'God's earth'

The initial cost of the work to fit the panels to the South Aisle roof was mostly funded through grants.

"Our annual electricity bill is about £1,400 - and we reckon that the panels are bringing in an income of more than £2,500 a year.

"So that is paying for the electricity and making a sizeable contribution towards the gas bill, which is about £5,000 per year," he said.

"The panels obviously make a good statement about the environment and the fact that we need to be good stewards of God's earth."

The church also has an electronic sign outside which shows visitors how much electricity is being generated by the panels.

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