York Minster, one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe, has received permission to install 199 solar modules on its roof. The system produces at least 75,000 kWh per year and is connected to batteries.
“Now that we have consent, we will begin to draw up a tender document with detailed specifications,” a York Minster spokesman said. pv magazine. “Then we can proceed with the procurement and in due course appoint a contractor to carry out the installation.”
The spokesperson stated that the process will take a few months. 199 solar panels will be placed on the roof of the South Quire Aisle, originally dating from 1361, and are expected to generate at least 75,000 kWh of electricity per year.
Churches mostly use energy during the day, making them ideal solar panels. York Minster is also installing a storage system to maximize self-consumption in the evenings.
“In addition to meeting daily electricity needs, surplus electricity generated by the panels is stored in underground batteries and used to power the cathedral’s evening services and events,” York Minster said in a statement.
UK researchers recently launched a feasibility study to assess the financial viability of rooftop solar panels at Bath Abbey, another UK cathedral. They said solar projects on historic buildings may require large upfront investments, but their profitability can be ensured with proper project planning.