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Solar panels considered for the roof of Bath Abbey

by Sophie Drew

The Church of England is considering plans to put solar panels on the top of Bath Abbey. 

The historic building - which proudly sits in the centre of Bath - dates back to the 7th Century.

The University of Bath researchers are suggesting 164 panels are placed on the rooftop, in a similar manner to those added to Gloucester Cathedral in 2016. 

At present, Bath Abbey proves difficult to insulate, but the solar panels could supply 35 per cent of electricity to the ancient building. 

However, as the Abbey is Grade-I listed, planning permission would be required before the Church of England would be able to adorn the roof.

Amid the rising cost of energy bills and further talks about the Church of England's net-zero target, many could be enthusiastic about the proposals to make Bath Abbey greener. 

However, not everyone is convinced the plans should go ahead. 

A spokesperson for Historic England told the Daily Mail: "Bath Abbey is a Grade I listed church of historical and architectural importance.

"We have not been made aware of any plans to install solar panels on the Abbey's roof, but due to its prominent position in the centre of Bath, any installation would require very careful consideration.

"We will be happy to provide advice on a proposal once it has been submitted."
 

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