The renovated roof of the Chapel is covered with 438 new solar panels. It took a year to renovate the whole Chapel and not the installation of photovoltaic cells has begun.
The Chapel in King’s College Cambridge needed an urgent renovation as it passed its natural lifespan, The roof could not retain water anymore and hence needed an urgent renovation.
King’s College grabbed it as an opportunity to use the Chapel roof to design the required infrastructure for solar panels. This roof is the only largest site to use for renewable electricity generation.
Once installed the solar panels will be used to provide electricity to the main college site. As universities are moving towards sustainable measures for education, this can be a historic upgrade for the college towards creating a greener campus.
The roof renovation is complete and it was done while the Chapel was still open for visitors, daily services and concerts. It started in September 2022 and was completed early this year. The solar installation is still underway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.
Sustainability at King’s College Cambridge
In 2009, the students, professors and fellows at King’s College Cambridge implemented an environment policy. According to this policy, the university will make all its institutional operations sustainable henceforth.
The college has since taken several steps to reduce Carbon emissions including the adoption of a decarbonisation policy. With such measures, King’s College Cambridge aims to become carbon net zero by 2038.
Today, the campus has all sustainable construction methods. Authorities utilise advanced technology to reduce the carbon footprint in all campus constructions and other activities. Thus, every new structure is planned with the idea of sustainability.
Moreover, the back lawn of King’s College Cambridge has been transformed into a wildflower meadow. The college has undertaken various initiatives to save biodiversity through its sustainable planting.
This is how King’s College Cambridge is becoming greener and sustainable. If you want to read more such exciting information, make sure you follow Leverage Edu News Updates.