Let the Sun Shine: Vatican Wins Solar Energy Award

OK, this is embarrassing. The story is over a month old. Still, for those of you who, like me, prefer their news seasoned, I found this story on Salt of the Earth, a Catholic social justice webzine. The story is reported by the Catholic News Service

“VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican won the 2008 Euro Solar Prize for turning the football field-sized roof of its Paul VI audience hall into a giant solar-power generator.”

The cost of the panels and installation is estimated at about $1.55 million. But the Vatican probably doesn’t hold a receipt to prove that because….

“A German company, SolarWorld, donated and installed 2,400 solar panels on the top of the Vatican’s audience hall after Vatican officials had made public their plans to convert the rooftop into a solar-power generator.”


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