The Church of Saint Georgios of Goumenissa in Kilkis will soon be the first church monument in Greece to operate with geothermal energy.
All the energy needs of the historic church of Goumenissa will be covered by a pioneering geothermal project that is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The “Restoration, maintenance and promotion of the Metropolitan Church of St. George” is the culmination of the efforts of the Office for Strategic Development and Communication in the Holy Metropolis of Goumenissa the head of which is Fr Christodoulos Papakostas. “It took us more than ten years to reach this point,” Fr Christodoulos told the ANA-MPA, stressing that the study for the monument was carried out 20 years ago.
The Ecumenical Patriarch gave another major boost for such efforts given that the protection of the environment remains on the top of his agenda. In fact, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew inaugurated the first bioclimatic building last year in Thessaloniki, the first green building in the region, which saves more than 70% of energy in relation to conventional systems.
According to the study, the geothermal system will be installed in the subsoil of the Church of Goumenissa covering 80% of its energy needs. It is noteworthy that it will be the largest geothermal installation in an ecclesiastical monument in Greece that will be using innovative methods of alternative forms of energy.