According to International pv magazine

The city of York, England has approved a plan to install solar panels on the roof of York Minster, the second largest Gothic church in Northern Europe. “Now that we have received approval, we will begin preparing a tender document with detailed specifications,” said a spokesman for York Minster. pv-magazine. We can then proceed with procurement and, in due course, hire a contractor for installation.

The spokesperson said the process will take a few months. 199 solar panels will be placed on the roof of the south nave, whose origins date back to 1361, and are expected to produce at least 75,000 kWh of electricity annually. Churches primarily use power during the day, making them ideal buildings for solar panels. York Minster will install a storage system to increase evening self-consumption.

“As well as helping to meet electricity demand during the day, excess electricity produced by the panels will be stored in underground batteries and used to power evening services and events at the cathedral,” York Minster said in a statement.

British researchers recently started A feasibility study To assess the economic viability of solar panels on the roof of another UK cathedral, Bath Abbey. According to them, solar projects on historic buildings may require high initial investments, but adequate design of the project can ensure their profitability.