Portsmouth cathedral’s new solar array helps brighten site 

Bright idea: The cathedral linked up with Portsmouth City Council to install the 24-panel solar array
Bright idea: The cathedral linked up with Portsmouth City Council to install the 24-panel solar array
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NEW solar panels are helping to keep the lights powered at a city cathedral.

Portsmouth Cathedral has teamed up with Portsmouth City Council's energy services team to put a 6.6kW solar array on Cathedral House in St Thomas's Street, Old Portsmouth.

The 24 panel array, which will generate approximately 5700kWh per year of renewable electricity, has been installed by Portsmouth-based company Space Renewables and project managed by council's energy team.. 

Cathedral House is a multi-use building serving both Cathedral and community activities and the solar array will supply power to the music/song rooms, administrative offices and chorister residential accommodation - typically reducing their grid consumption by 30 per cent. 

Canon Chancellor Peter Leonard was delighted with the new tech and said: ‘The solar array will not only provide Cathedral House with affordable clean energy but also help us towards our EcoChurch carbon reduction goal of six per cent per annum.’

The council is currently working on rolling out more solar arrays across the city as part of a plan to reduce the island’s carbon footprint.