Catholic office embraces solar power

The Catholic Diocese of Port Pirie has gone solar, installing solar panels to provide power for Bishop O’Kelly’s Chancery and the Catholic Education Office. 

Sixty solar panels have been installed to provide three-quarters of the power for the Chancery and office on Gertrude Street.  

After six months of discussions and consultation, the panels were installed in one day.  

Bishop Gregory O’Kelly was pleased that the diocese had decided to become more environmentally conscientious.  

“We live in an age where we should all take more responsibility and care to issues affecting the environment,” he said.  

Within the Port Pirie Diocese, a few solar panels have been installed in Tumby Bay and Cummins. 

“It is important with increasing power bills to help the parishes to be environmentally prudent,” he said. Port Pirie Diocese is the first in South Australia to use solar energy for power.     

The next project for the diocese will be Star of the Sea Home for the Aged in Wallaroo. 

O’Dea Electrical manager Luke O’Dea said the solar system had been purchased in partnership with Phono Solar and would provide 12.6 kilowatts of power.    

“The system will substantially reduce the administration’s use and carbon footprint,” he said.   

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