50kW solar pV Installation For Chester Cathedral, Cheshire


Chester Cathedral is a historic and listed building located in the city centre. The Cathedral recognised the importance of sustainability and decided to partner with JM Renewable Solutions to install a 50kW solar panel system, making it the first of its kind in the North West.


The system was designed using 206 Solar panels. A custom-made mounting system had to be designed to ensure the historic lead roof was not damaged.


The installation process was completed in just two weeks, despite the challenges posed by the need for crane hire in the centre of a busy city.


The system is set to provide 22-25% of the Cathedrals energy consumption. In addition, all generation can be monitored through an app, providing easy access to information and ensuring the effective management of the system.


The Church of England are on their way to achieve Net Carbon Zero by 2030. A great example of how a large historic building can use renewable energy to reduce their carbon footprint.

They join Gloucester and Salisbury cathedrals by installing solar panels.

The Dean said:

“The Diocese of Chester was determined to be responsible and set a good example”.

He added:

“For us, sustainability includes ensuring that we are doing everything we can to reduce our carbon footprint and lessen our negative impact on our planet, and reduced costs mean we can fund the essential work carried out on our magnificent cathedral.”