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How Are Gloucester Cathedral’s Solar Panels Performing?

Our readers may recollect that, back in September 2016, we mentioned that Gloucester Cathedral was having solar panels fitted to one of its roofs with a view to reducing its electricity bills and lowering carbon emissions. So, how are those solar photovoltaic panels performing some 12 months after being installed?

Well, they are doing very well. So far, the solar panels have produced almost 32MWh of energy that is a commendable performance and will no doubt have saved the cathedral several thousand pounds in electricity costs. Over 12,500 kg of carbon emissions have also been saved with this again being a very good performance. This later figure equates to over 41 trees being planted.

There are a number of church buildings that have had solar panels installed in the last few years so hopefully they will have had a reasonable return on their investment both by way of a reduction in their energy bills and a lowering in carbon emissions. With fewer people attending church these days this has probably had a result in reducing the amount left in collection boxes so if the installation of solar panels has lowered electricity bills this may have gone some way to compensating churches.

It will be interesting to observe if, as a result of the success Gloucester Cathedral appears to have had, more church buildings have solar panels fitted to one or more of their roofs. Obviously, as many church buildings are of historic interest, a great deal of thought will need to go into deciding if it is considered appropriate to install solar panels.

Here at Solar Panels UK, we will continue to keep our readers up to date with any other interesting solar power projects that are scheduled to take place or that have already taken place either here in the UK or elsewhere in the world. If as has happened in the past new projects come to light that we feel are suitable to report on we will aim to do just that as speedily as possible.

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