Solar Heaters on a Church

An inspired leader and a willing congregation reaped unexpected benefits when they fitted their church with solar heaters.

solar heaters - three men, with church and solar collectors in background
The Revered Poole (left) and two members of his congregation in front of the homebuilt solar heaters that send warmed air to either the Sunday school building or the church sanctuary as it's needed. The heaters save the organization some 55% on its fuel bills.
Photo by Jim Strothman
solar heaters - halved aluminum soda cans inside collector
The black-painted, cut-in-half aluminum cans used in the project were donated by the local fire department.
Jim Strothman
solar collectors - hand pointing to air vent inside church
Fans pull air from the collectors and push it through the building's ducts and vents.
Jim Strothman
solar heaters - b&w, woman standing beside collector
Rev. Poole's solar heaters have attracted attention from all around the world.
Jim Strothman

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