Cathedral’s Solar Panels Power Quarter of a Million Brews
Thanks to solar panels, Gloucester Cathedral has generated enough electricity to produce 250,000 cups of tea and reduce its energy bills by a quarter.
The 150 panels, which were blessed during a rain-soaked ceremony by the dean last year, have performed better than expected according to bosses.
“It’s been nothing but positive; it’s brought a whole new audience to us,” said project manager Anne Cranston, explaining how the panels have proven popular with the environmentally-conscious.
“One of the things that we’ve learned from the conversations that people have had with us since we installed the panels is there is an awful lot more that we can do and quite a lot of it is relatively simple.”
31.12MWh of energy has been produced by the panels during the last 12 months which is enough to power seven semi-detached houses. The installation has saved the landmark £4000 in electricity costs. They have also prevented 12,199.91kg of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of planting more than 40 trees.