The roof of a large auditorium in the Vatican in Italy, the traditional hub of the Catholic Church, will soon have solar panels, according to CNN.
The move is in line with a range of other “eco”-oriented actions on the part of the Church in recent years.
Pope Benedict XVI has defended the environment in speeches, and last summer he urged Christians to take “care of creation without squandering its resources.”
The Vatican also sponsored a high-level conference on climate change for Church leaders this past April, with the goal of developing an ecumenical position on the issue.
The switch to solar reflects the pontiff’s concerns about squandering Earth’s resources, project engineer Pier Carlo Cuscianna told CNN. According to Cuscianna, the new photovoltaic (PV) cells will not only generate electricity for illuminating, heating, and cooling the entire 6,300-seat auditorium, but will at times power other buildings as well. “Since the auditorium isn't used every day, the [excess] energy will feed into the network providing [the Vatican] with power, so other Vatican offices can use the energy,” he said.
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