Installation of solar panels commences - Chester Cathedral

Installation of solar panels commences

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This week, Chester Cathedral will undertake a significant step towards reducing its carbon footprint by installing roof-mounted solar panels to the ancient monastic building.

The Church of England, in recognising the climate emergency called on all parts of the Church to become net zero carbon by 2030. The solar panels is one part of the Cathedral’s activity towards becoming net zero carbon.

The solar panels themselves will be in three sections on the Cathedral roof and will be able to provide a significant portion of the electricity required to run the site, generating a reduction of approximately 12.39 tCO2 each year.

Chester Cathedral is the mother church of the Diocese of Chester and has a responsibility to be sustainable. For us, sustainability includes ensuring that we are doing everything we can to reduce our carbon footprint and lessen our negative impact on our planet. It also means ensuring that we can fund the essential work carried out on our magnificent cathedral. The installation of solar panels on the roof will achieve both aims, in reducing the amount of fossil fuels burnt to heat our building; and in the longer-term reducing the cost required to provide this fuel.

The Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford

Work to install the solar panels began this morning and will continue throughout the month.

Follow the project’s progress on our official Twitter account here.

Kevin Baxter

Communications Director

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