Tuesday, September 30, 2008

1st solar panel installed on Vatican roof

The first solar panels have been installed on top of the papal audience hall at Vatican City.

Workers on Monday began putting photovoltaic cells on the roof of Paul VI hall to convert sunlight into electricity.

Vatican engineers announced the plan for the first solar panels last year.

Pope Benedict XVI's has made conserving the Earth's resources an important concern of his papacy.

Pilgrims attend weekly audiences in the hall during winter as well as in other seasons when the weather is too bad to gather in St. Peter's Square.

Rome gets lots of sunshine, and engineers say the cells will produce enough electricity to illuminate, heat or cool the hall.
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3 comments:

Ma Tucker said...

I hope they get their calcs wrong and level the ugly spectale, without loss of life of course!

Anonymous said...

While it's commendable that the Vatican is recognizing the importance of clean renewable energy, they need to go a step further to the real cause of the climate change crisis.

If the Pope and the many Christian followers would realize that human overpopulation is the real issue straining the planet's energy and food resources, then they'd be acheiving something meaningful.

So, "Hey, Pope, how about teaching the importance of birth control and family planning first, then work on the solar panels?"

Anonymous said...

While it's commendable that the Vatican is recognizing the importance of clean renewable energy, they need to go a step further to the real cause of the climate change crisis.

If the Pope and the many Christian followers would realize that human overpopulation is the real issue straining the planet's energy and food resources, then they'd be acheiving something meaningful.

So, "Hey, Pope, how about teaching the importance of birth control and family planning first, then work on the solar panels?"