German Churches Look to Heavens to Answer Prayer, Generate Power

Apr 17, 2014 6:45 am ET

April 17 (Bloomberg) -- Churches in Germany, Europe’s biggest renewable-energy market, operate about 2,000 solar plants to generate carbon-free electricity and heat, industry lobby BSW-Solar said.

Churches have used federal grants and their own funding to install rooftop generators of their facilities over the past two decades, BSW-Solar said today in an e-mailed statement. The 13th century Cathedral of Magdeburg installed a solar plant in 1990, it said.

“Religious communities all over the world are united in their special sense of responsibility for our planet,” said Carsten Koernig, head of BSW-Solar. “They’re increasingly using their hot-line to the heavens to be a role model for the path toward a livable future.”