Author Archives: Truro

Report from General Synod

Disinvestment and Fossil Fuel Companies The General Synod meeting in York held two debates relating to Environmental Issues. The first one concerned Disinvestment. Fittingly they took place a few days after Archbishop of Canterbury had visited the Stock Exchange to highlight the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), which brings together some of the world’s largest investors …
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St Wenn, Diocese of Truro – shared biomass boiler with under-floor heating

In St Wenn, Cornwall, the Church and School shared a biomass heating project. First steps – what’s needed? Planning for this project was comprehensive and inclusive – and it took some long time! St Wenn Church Council (PCC) involved church members, the head teacher and governors, together with – critically – the wider community. Churchwarden, …
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St Wenn shortlisted in Green Building section of 2017 Church Times Environmental Awards

St Wenn’s eco-heating project is one of the four shortlisted for this Award in the Church Buildings section (along with Gloucester Cathedral; Holy Trinity, Bradford on Avon; and Holy Trinity, Tulse Hill). The project has delivered a shared, sustainable zero-carbon heating solution for both church and nearby school. It uses a shared biomass boiler in …
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Response to Paris attacks

EcoChurch Southwest wishes to echo the statement from the Truro-Paris cyclists below. And perhaps the most important response to the attacks in Paris would be a fulfilment of Francois Hollande’s intention that “the conference on ‪#‎climate‬ [in Paris from 30 Nov to 11 Dec] will not only continue but will be a time of hope …
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Go Green! Go Truro-Paris!

Here’s your chance to get involved in making a stand for tackling climate change in 2015!Euan McPhee will be cycling from Truro to Paris in the two weeks or so before the Climate Change Conference there begins. You will be able to:-Follow his journey on or Facebook ‘Penlee Cluster’ and reflect each day on …
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Storage of solar power using a battery Energy Storage System – updated

A case study of a domestic installation updated after five months’ use.This report describes my experience of a renewable energy storage system developed by a Cornish start-up company operating from the Falmouth University campus – Wattstor Ltd.  The WATTSTOR™ was commissioned at my Penryn home on 14 March 2015. The data here for this period …
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Truro on the map

This website contains a map of churches and schools which have taken actions related to the environment and social justice. Many are in the Church of England, and the map also shows a number of other denominations and congregations. We have just added a number of organisations in Truro Diocese, joining others from Exeter Diocese, …
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Estimating solar PV power generation

Summary Estimates of generated output from solar pv systems need to be handled cautiously: the actual output will vary substantially year by year.  This note below shows that a software tool can give a better long-term estimate than a forecast based on any given year’s actual output.Richard Hopper writes: I have heard on several occasions …
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Lighting Churches in the South West – conference report

A Conference held on July 2014 in St Mary Magdalene, Taunton, to promote efficient and greener lighting systems inside and outside churches. Who was there? Parish officers, clergy, DAC members, architects and others. I was in the ‘other’ category, a member of Truro diocese’s environment group. I’m keen on ‘green’: efficient and effective: does the lighting function …
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