Installation of photovoltaic panels on the nave roof in association with a new energy plan
Posted: 15th May 2012
St Michael and All Angels Church, Withington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 4BG
In 2010, St Michael and All Angels Church at Withington became the first zero-carbon church in the UK.
As a Grade I Listed building, the project had to be realised sensitively, through a combination of energy reduction and renewable energy generation from a biomass boiler and 24 solar photo-voltaic panels on the south facing nave roof.
The biomass boiler drives the existing hot water radiator system, while the PV panels generate more than enough electricity to supply the remaining energy demands, including low energy external floodlighting.
The panels are invisible from all normal vantage points. They are fixed with a self weighted system, so that there is no interference to the copper roof of the nave.
The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust was pleased to support this innovative scheme with a grant of £5,000.