Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Pope's Bavaria Home Solar Powered

Pope Benedict XVI's home in Bavaria near Regensburg, Germany, is now solar powered.

The 580 square feet of photovoltaic solar panels were donated and installed on the house's rooftop on July 31st. The panels will generate about 5,800 kWh of energy per year.

The panels will fully power the home and feed surplus to the grid. With Germany's generous feed-in tariffs, the surplus electricity should produce an income of about $3,500 a year. The money will go to job skills training for disadvantaged youth.

In other green pope news, the pope is scheduled to meet with race-car drivers participating in an "eco-rally" in mid-September. The 248-mile race will begin Sept. 19 and end Sept. 20 from the Republic of San Marino to the Vatican.

The drivers will be racing 20 cars that run on so-called clean energy, such as methane or liquefied petroleum gas. Some of the cars will be flexible-fuel vehicles in which engines can run on a number of alternative fuels and some will be electric vehicles.

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