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