Do Solar Panels Ruin Old Buildings?!

The world is home to a plethora of fascinating ancient buildings that have stood the test of time. But old buildings aren’t the best when it comes to energy efficiency and yet upgrading them with more sustainable, high tech solutions can result in local opposition.

In this episode, Imogen and Robert went to York to visit its 1,396 year old Minster to find out whether the integration of renewable energy in historic buildings can be a positive step towards addressing both climate change and preserving our cultural heritage.


0:00 Introduction
0:29 Historical Buildings and Sustainability
1:02 £30,000 a Day!
1:25 How is York Minster Addressing The Problem?
1:56 Opposition to the Plans
2:44 Solar Panels Everywhere?
3:20 40% of the Power Needed!
3:45 Solar Tiles disguised as Welsh Slate!
4:26 Cathedrals and Renewable Energy
5:03 Solar Cells?
6:08 Stonemasons
6:34 What Challenges Are York Minster Facing?
7:23 What is Europe Doing to Tackle the Problem?
8:23 Sustainability and Heritage Can Go Hand in Hand

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