Gloucester Cathedral is currently in the process of installing up to 200 solar panels, making it the oldest cathedral in the UK and possibly the world to have installed a commercial-sized solar panel arrangement on its roof.
The panels themselves are invisible from the ground and should cut the 1000-year-old building’s energy use by a massive 25%. Which means they’ll be saving enough power to make 2000 cups of tea every day for a whole year! The system is being put in place by Mypower and will produce the power needed for the newly installed underfloor heating.
The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said:
“Gloucester Cathedral has a great tradition for combining the old with the new. By embracing this very modern technology, we are celebrating God’s gift of creation and making this remarkable building a greener and more sustainable place for future generations.
We are fortunate to have received overwhelming support for the project and are incredibly grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and all the individuals who donated to help make it possible.”
This solar trend looks set to continue as more than 3,500 churches across the UK either already opted to ditch the fossil fuel in favour of renewables or have registered to do so.