St Matthew’s Church in Worthing is powered by solar panels

A CHURCH will soon be powered entirely by solar panels.

St Matthew’s Church in Tarring Road, Worthing will install 20 solar panels on its roof which will generate enough renewable energy to power both the church and the adjacent church hall.

Worthing Borough Council Planning Committee granted approval for the installation of the solar panels at St Matthew’s request.

After discussions with the council’s heritage officer, it was agreed to place the panels lower on the church roof to limit the visual impact in order to strike a balance between energy efficiency and building preservation.

Adur and Worthing Councils have committed to making the emissions they control carbon neutral by 2030 and the area carbon free by 2045.

Councilor Jim Deen, chair of Worthing Borough Council’s planning committee, said the council was delighted to approve the plans, which will make the building part of a “more sustainable future”.

“We’re delighted to give St Matthew’s the green light for the new solar panels, allowing this community building to become part of a more sustainable future,” he said.

“The Council has declared a climate emergency and therefore encourages the use of renewable adaptations such as solar panels as part of our ongoing commitment to addressing the challenges of climate change.

“The church is located in the Shakespeare Road Conservation Area, but the committee agreed that the need to support action to address climate change outweighs the limited impact the plaques could have on the area’s visual convenience.” St Matthew’s Church in Worthing is powered by solar panels

Fry Electronics Team

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