11th Century Gloucester Cathedral installs solar panels

11th Century Gloucester Cathedral installs solar panels

Annette McGill

Gloucester Cathedral is installing solar panels as part of plan to make ancient building fit for the future.

Gloucester Cathedral plans to install up to 200 solar panels on on its roof. The panels will generate 25,000 kilowatts of energy - and will enable the Cathedral to reduce its energy bills by a quarter.

The panels installed on the Grade One listed building will be non-reflective, black and not visible from the ground.  The energy produced by the panels will be taken to an air source heat pump underneath the Lady Chapel, providing the power to heat a newly installed underfloor heating system.

The installation is a key part of a wider £6million pound programme of works dubbed “Project Pilgrim” which is designed to make the cathedral sustainable. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund  philanthropic trusts and individuals, Project Pilgrim involves a ten-year programme of capital development, regeneration and community engagement. Other activities will  include conservation work to the Lady Chapel, improving access for disabled people, upgrading the giftshop and entrance area and landscaping the car park.You can read more about the project on the Gloucester Cathedral website.