After it became evident to Fetteresso Church that its carbon footprint was at odds with the teachings of stewardship and care for the community, the Church consulted with energy firms on how to decarbonize, and to reduce their energy costs.
Fetteresso Church developed a major project to replace a gas fired central heating system with Air-to-Air heat pumps, improve insulation and energy utilisation, and install a solar system to reduce energy consumption from the grid and reduce their energy bills for the Grade 1 Listed buildings. Fetteresso secured grant support through the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) delivered by Local Energy Scotland. CARES supports communities to engage with, participate in and benefit from the transition to net zero emissions.
Kingsway Electrical Ltd was chosen to install the solar system and update the Church electrical systems. The Church solar system installation on the flat roof was a significant achievement. Despite some predicted challenges such as ensuring structural integrity and safe installation of the solar panels, the project team successfully integrated the solar panels and inverter onto the electrical grid.