Mending the church roof can be a vicar’s nightmare, but the Balsall Heath Church Centre in Birmingham, has become the first in Birmingham to earn money from theirs, from a solar roof installed at the beginning of March.
The Balsall Heath Church Centre is an ecumenical partnership between St Paul’s Anglican Church and Balsall Heath United Reformed Church. The new roof is visible from Edward Road.
“We are delighted with all the help given to allow this project to go forward”, says Rev. Catherine Grylls, “Balsall Heath Church Centre hopes to be a beacon of environmental sustainability. We will earn useful income for supplying clean electricity which will help to fund our work with local elders. And we are delighted that this project will also benefit local unemployed young people through our partnership with the Jericho Foundation. For us as Christians it is vital that we try to live well with creation, locally and globally, and so environmental sustainability and addressing inequality are key issues for us.”
Note: The solar panels can be viewed at any time from Edward Road B12.
Contact: John Newson, Development officer, Balsall Heath Is Our Planet, 0121 440 7919 x204 office hours BHIOP[at]jericho.org.uk.