Sunday, November 30, 2008

Vatican Sees The Light

Having talked the talk, the Vatican is now walking the walk when it comes to energy.

The Pope has previously criticised "the unbalanced use of energy" in the world, and has commented that environmental damage is making "the lives of poor people on earth especially unbearable".

Now the vatican is covering the roof of its Nervi Hall with 2,400 photovoltaic panels. Producing 300 MWh of clean energy each year, the panels are virtually invisible from ground level, preserving the historic skyline.

Meanwhile, the Vatican is thinking of a system for the 300 hectares around its Vatican Radio transmission centre. Such a project is forecast to provide six times the power needed for transmission - providing clean energy to the surrounding communities.

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