After nearly 40 years of channelling its power through the walls of the St Stephen’s Cathedral in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Belfast has finally received the channelled power of a solar-powered roof, and it’s bringing it to Belfast City Hall.
The solar roof, a €50,000 (£37,400) project, has been designed and installed at the church by the University of Ulster and the British-British Foundation, with the help of solar engineers at Aloft, the Belfast firm responsible for building the world’s first solar roof.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, the solar roof will be installed on the roof of the cathedral in Belfast City Centre, on the south side of the building, by the end of the year.
Archbishop Mark McCartan, the archbishop of Belfast, said: “The Church of Ireland and the Church of England are committed to making our buildings a symbol of unity and faith and of love and service to others.”
The solar project is part of a wider effort to improve the quality of life for Belfast residents, including the restoration of the Cathedral’s famous chandelies.
The cathedral has a total of five chandelied windows, and the roof is expected to provide the same number of views for as many people as the rest of the church.
Belfast Telegraph Digital