Small scale solar electric (photovoltaics) energy and traditional buildings
This guide is one of a series on small-scale renewable energy options. Separate guides look at generation, solar energy, bio-fuels, heat pumps and combined heat and power, explaining how each system works and what you need to consider if you wish to install it in or on a historic building.
The installation of renewable technology implies in most cases the fixing of equipment to the historic fabric of a building. Historic England seeks to ensure that any works to a historic building do not unnecessarily disturb or destroy historic fabric. There are a number of factors to consider before installing a photovoltaic system on a property. Have other energy saving measures been taken? Is planning permission or listed building consent needed and would it be forthcoming? Is a photovoltaic system the most suitable renewable technology for the occupants? Can this technology be installed easily on this property?
Update to original publication dated March 2008.
- Planning a solar electric system
- Installation options
- Maintenance and working life
- Useful contacts
- Series: Guidance
- Publication Status: Completed
- Product Code: 51370
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