Work has begun on installing solar panels in Gloucester Cathedral in South West England.
The cathedral, which dates back to 678 or 679, is being upgraded with up to 200 tablets to cut annual energy costs by 25%, or “enough to make 2,000 cups of tea every day of the year”.
The panels are on the roof of the south aisle, 30 m above the ground, and can hardly be seen.
A fundraiser announced for the project in August last year raised 90% of the money it needed.
Reverend Canon Celia Thomson said, “The installation of solar panels in this remarkable building is a historic moment.
“We are thrilled that our vision of becoming a greener cathedral is coming true and we are proud to be a valuable contributor to the Church of England’s Shrinking the Footprint campaign.”
When the work is complete, the 1,000 year old building will be the oldest cathedral in the UK and possibly the world to install a commercial size solar panel system on the roof.
Image: Gloucester Cathedral (Wikimedia Commons / Saffron Blaze)