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Church Using Stained Glass Solar Panels

Holy Family Catholic Church in Saskatoon, Canada is taking advantage of the annual 2,381 hours of sunlight there, by integrating solar cells into their stained glass windows. The solar power generating windows will be installed this spring and are being constructed by Sarah Hall Studio Solar Windows.

Over 1,000 solar cells will be soldered into the stained glass panels. Sarah Hall’s photovoltaic stained glass art has been displayed in many venues, including at the National Mall in Washington, DC for the Solar Decathalon. She said, “By forging an image with a source of energy we create a powerful story about how we can live in this world: it gives us a chance to dream about who we can be.” (Source: SarahHallStudio.com)

You can view an online slideshow of the project here:

Enough power for about five homes per year will be generated by the solar project. It cost $675,000 for the parish. Part of their motivation for integrating the technology into stained glass was to make solar more aesthetic. It also is an educational experience for the community. Saskatoon receives the highest number of sunlight hours per year in all of Canada’s cities. It is several hundred miles north of Montana.

It was reported it will be the first church in North America to employ solar power, but that is not true. A Mormon church in Utah has been constructing a larger solar system for some time.

Sarah Hall’s solar power artwork has also been installed in a tower on the University of British Columbia campus.

Image Credit: Sarah Hall Studio

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6:50AM PDT on May 5, 2013

good news

5:20AM PST on Feb 6, 2012

Thanks for the article

9:18PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Excellent. Beautiful. Resourceful. This is a progressive image of possibility.

9:17PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Excellent. Beautiful. Resourceful. This is a progressive image of possibility.

9:57PM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

May there be many more churches that benefit from solar panels.

11:54AM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

Also, putting solar on a church would be good in the yard, or on the side, or on the roof.

2:22PM PDT on Jul 5, 2011

This is so cool....but the cost is is too much!......we need it green and affordable...but I love the "stained glass loook!

2:03AM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

Thanks for the article.

3:29PM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

To see the Church showing the way is always welcome. Clearly a very forward thinking Parish to agree to fund this.

6:23AM PDT on May 10, 2011

Wow! That is awesome!

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