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Solar Panels Incorporated Into Stained Glass

We continue to hear of interesting solar panel installations and like to keep our readers fully informed about such schemes. Although we prefer to focus on UK based solar panel news items there are occasions when we feel something from overseas warrants a mention.

Will we see solar panels being incorporated within stained glass windows in UK churches?
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We have heard of an artist in Toronto that has been producing delightful stained glass windows that actually incorporate within their design solar panels. So far, Sarah Hall has used solar panels in four installations in Canada and two in the United States of America with the first one being completed back in 2005.

The latest project called “Lux Gloria” is being installed at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon in Canada. It will be the first scheme involving this artist’s work that will be connected to the grid. The solar panels are incorporated within hand painted art glass that is extremely brightly coloured. It will replace the glass that was damaged at the cathedral last year.

It has been estimated that the solar panels will generate around 2,500 kilowatt-hours of electricity every year. This is around a quarter to a third of the electricity generated by the average home in the locality. It is expected that the cathedral will use all the electricity the solar panels generate so it is unlikely that any will go back into the grid.

It is also interesting to note that some of the solar panels will be incorporated into various parts of the cathedral’s structure such as in the walls and windows. After all, there will be occasions when it is not practical to install solar panels on the top of some roofs.

It will be interesting to hear from any of our readers if this sort of installation has been carried out in the UK? Your comments are most welcome.

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