Salisbury Cathedral installs Solar Panels on the Chloisters

9 July 2020

Salisbury Cathedral has taken another step towards their long-term aim to be carbon neutral by 2030 , in line with targets agreed earlier this year by the Church of England. The Cathedral, which has achieved a Silver Award under the A Rocha Echo Church scheme, has installed ninety-three solar panels on the roof of the Chloisters.

The 37 kW installation was completed at the start of July and will provide 33,708 kWh of clean energy to Salisbury Cathedral, reducing its carbon footprint by 11,764 kilograms per year.

The panels are located on the South Cloister roof and cannot be seen from the ground. Only visitors climbing the Spire will get a glimpse of them.

The project has been under development since late 2017 when Salisbury Community Energy approached the Cathedral about a possible installation. Planning permission was granted in March of this year.

Salisbury Community Energy partnered with Schools Energy Cooperative in 2019 to deliver the project, and the money was raised in November 2019 through a local community share offer. The panels are collectively owned by small, local and ethical investors who want to encourage more renewable energy generation.

The project has been designed and installed by Joju Solar, who are a leading PV installer. In addition to the Cathedral, another four solar PV installations have been completed across Salisbury, totalling 206kW of capacity.

Share Offer Results 

Our share offer with Schools’ Energy Co-op is now closed. It has been a resounding success. The national target, originally set at £510,000, to install solar on schools all over the UK, has been exceeded: £690,163 was invested. The Salisbury investment, as part of that, totals £213K (£212,925).

Well done Salisbury! Thank you to all our investors for joining us in the first ever community energy share offer here.

Progress on installing the Salisbury sites has been good. St Martin’s Primary School and Kong, High Posts, have both been installed and commissioned (switched on). Bishop Wordsworth School is underway. Although the Wiltshire College, Salisbury, installation had an issue due to Storm Brendan, this is now back on track. The Cathedral Cloisters project is moving forward. We may have to do Amesbury Primary School and Riverbourne in our next tranche as roofs have not passed a structural survey, though remediation is feasible.