29 Jun 2011 09:06:10
Coventry Cathedral reveals solar power plans
Coventry Cathedral may become the first in the world to have solar panels installed on its roof, under proposals put forward this week.
An application has been made for planning permission to install 178 solar panels on the roof, covering 200sq/m, which would be capable of generating 50kW of power.
Approval must be granted from both Coventry City Council and the Cathedral Fabric Commission of England before the £100,000 project on the Grade-I listed building can go ahead.
The cathedral which currently sits on the site had its foundation stone laid in 1956 and was consecrated in 1962.
Jane Woodward, executive director of the cathedral, said if the project goes ahead it could potentially be a world first.
"We are fortunate in Coventry because many cathedrals have quite steep pitched roofs behind shady parapets whereas ours is fairly flat so we're hoping it will be possible," she explained.
The Church of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury were both also said to have shown an interest in the project, as "climate change is affecting people who are in poverty the most".