Green light for solar panels to be installed at Salisbury Cathedral

Green light for solar panels to be installed at Salisbury Cathedral

Published by Jack Deery at 5:54am 3rd March 2020.

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Wiltshire Council has approved a planning application that was submitted in December 2019.

It means that 92 solar panels will be placed on one of the roofs of the Cloisters at Salisbury Cathedral. 

The application was sent in by the Cathedral after they, and Salisbury Community Energy, investigated the possibility of getting them.

It received support from Historic England, while Salisbury City Council and Wiltshire Council had no objections to the plans.

Location map of solar panels on Cathedral cloisters
Pink rectangle is the location of the solar panels, inside the Cathedral grounds

They will be installed on the south roof of the Cloisters, which they say is the most suitable location as they won't be visible from the ground. 

The work will be done by Dittrich Hudson Vasetti architects

South Roof of Salisbury Cathedral Cloisters
They will be placed on the south roof of the Cloisters


The panels should generate over 30,000 kWh per year of electricity, the equivalent of eight average UK houses. 

This will reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of the cathedral over a year by approximately 7.5 tonnes, with the panels being there for a minimum of twenty years.

Solar panels on Gloucester Cathedral
Salisbury's installation will take inspiration from the ones already on Gloucester Cathedral

There is no confirmation on when the work will take place yet. 

It comes after an application was approved for over 100 panels to be put on Bishop Wordsworth School in Salisbury

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