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Church rooftops
Church in Schönau, Germany
Church in Schönau, Germany

Church rooftops are especially well suited for solar use because they generally have large surface areas and, thanks to the traditional east west direction of the main hall, they are optimally oriented towards the south. However, because of protection laws for historic buildings, districts and monuments, this is often problematic.

Since the 1980’s, Christian churches have strongly dedicated themselves to the preservation of creationism and with numerous documents have vocalized their support of the use of solar and other renewable energies. The National German Foundation for the Environment (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)) took up the issue and with a special program from 1999 to 2001 the DBU has promoted the installation of thermal and photovoltaic systems on church rooftops. Also, as included under the promotional conditions, the church communities are understood to be multipliers when concerning environmental protection and they should actively serve the public.

Thanks to these church communities, people can take part financially in solar energy systems, whereas otherwise they wouldn’t have had any such possibility. Solar energy systems on church rooftops are typical community projects and they are not financed by the church’s tax money, but rather, through the exposed position, they serve as an exhibit and precursor to things to come.

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