A Holy shift Towards Renewable Energy

A Holy shift Towards Renewable Energy

Looks like there’s a holy shift towards renewable energy happening!

Knock Shrine in Co. Mayo recently joined the ranks of the solar-powered, installing new photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof of their famous basilica.

This move not only cuts their electricity bills but also reduces their carbon footprint – a win for both the environment and the shrine’s budget.

The Vatican is no stranger to solar energy and sustainability either. Under Pope Benedict XVI, they installed 2,400 panels on their main audience hall.

Under Francis, the Vatican partnered with Volkswagen in 2023 to introduce an all-electric car fleet, aiming to reduce its carbon footprint. Now, they’re aiming even higher.

Their initiative, “Ecological Conversion 2030,” focuses on sustainable practices, and their recent move to switch to solar power as their main electricity source, outlined in the document “Fratello Sole” (Brother Sun), is a big step towards that goal.

This agrivoltaic system will combine farming with solar energy production, maximizing land use and promoting sustainability on over 1,000 acres of Vatican-owned land near Rome.

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