Gloucester Cathedral have submitted plans for a £6 million regeneration project, entailing to a 45kWp installation.
The plans are currently under consideration after being proposed by the Gloucester City Council in July. Although under consideration, the Cathedral are keen for work to start later this year.
The installation contains of a £6 million linking to Project Pilgrim using the Heritage Lottery Fund donations to refurbish parts of the Cathedral that needs work.
The plans consist of 180 panels installed to the southern slope of the Cathedral’s high nave, generating up to 27,000kWh of energy per year, which is equivalent to around 20% of the Cathedral’s total energy demand.
The Cathedral have dismissed problems the installation of solar panels would bring to the roof that was originally built between 1873 and 1897, however rebuilt in the 1950s.
Nevertheless the planning document says that the install would “not be without potential controversy” and that it does “not intend to set a precedent” for solar PV to be installed across the UK, despite being backed by the Church of England for churches in the country to reduce their carbon footprint.
A survey of 400 local residents carried out by staff working on Project Pilgrim established that 87% of them supported installing solar PV on the roof, whereas 66 residents said they would be prepared to sponsor a solar panel at a cost of £500.