Solar Panels

We’re Going Green’

In November 2016, Gloucester Cathedral became the first ancient Cathedral to install solar panels.

On the south side of the Nave roof, we have 150 solar panels providing 76,873kWh of energy. The total system capacity is 30,000 kWp and the panels generate 27,500 kW of energy each year, enough to power seven semi-detached houses, make 250,000 cups of tea or provide 25% of the Cathedral’s electricity.

The panels have been fitted with optimisers to ensure that the array provides maximum power output, even in areas where the panels are partially shaded by the parapet wall and buttress.

Check out the Solar Panel Installation Time Lapse video to see how we did it!

Gloucester Cathedral Solar Panel Installation Time Lapse from Sandie Conway on Vimeo.


Thanks to Mypower Solar for helping to make this video possible:      

The future

Our panels are part of the Church of England’s ‘Shrinking the Footprint’ campaign designed to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050

Click on the image below to see how much electricity our panels are generating right now!


24 Hours of Reality 2017: A Higher Power (UK) - Climate Reality

Watch the great video below showing how we are playing our part in Shrinking the Footprint

In 2006, the Church of England launched the Shrinking the Footprint campaign to push its 42 dioceses and 16,000 churches to live its values of care for creation. With the Church committing to cut its carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, churches of all sizes are now getting involved, from Gloucester Cathedral installing solar on its centuries-old structure to Holy Trinity Parish in London “building with awareness” with energy-efficient materials.






Image courtesy of Jim Hancox, Mid;land Air Ambulance

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