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Gloucester Cathedral revamp to include solar PV

A multi-million pound improvement scheme for Gloucester Cathedral, which dates back to the 11th century, will include the installation of solar PV panels.

This will consist of 180 panels installed across the south-facing slope of the cathedral’s nave roof.

The installation is part of the £6m Project Pilgrim, along with alteration to the site’s car park, according to the British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) report.

An estimated 27,000kW a year will be generated by the PV system, accounting for a fifth of the cathedral’s total electricity requirements.

It is seen as setting an example to others in the surrounding area, said the BPVA.

However, a spokes person was quoted as saying that the project is not intended to set a precedent for other historic buildings.

The installation will be designed so that it cannot be seen from the ground.

It has received an enthusiastic reception with a public consultation, with 87% of respondents voting in favour of the solar PV plan.