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Mypower celebrate national success over history-making project

Gloucestershire solar panel specialist Mypower has scooped a national award for its ground-breaking work at Gloucester Cathedral.

The 1,000-year-old landmark - location for three 'Harry Potter' films - became the oldest cathedral in the world to have a solar panel system on its roof after Mypower installed the hi-tech equipment last autumn.

The 150 solar panels fitted by Mypower will save the cathedral nearly £200,000 in energy costs over the next 25 years and generate enough energy to power seven semi-detached houses for a year.

Now, Mypower has gained national recognition for the work by winning the Highly Commended title in the Project Award category at the coveted British Renewable Energy Awards at The Savoy Hotel, London.

Mypower, based in Toddington, just outside Cheltenham, was praised by the panel of judges for its attention to detail, careful planning and sensitivity towards such an important and historic building.

Ben Harrison, who heads up Mypower, said: "I'm very proud of what we have achieved at Gloucester Cathedral and being recognised at the awards is the icing on the cake.

"To be only narrowly beaten by British Solar Renewables with the largest ground installation in the UK - 2,000 times bigger than our project - is some achievement for a small business like ours.

"It means our project at Gloucester Cathedral was considered by the esteemed panel of judges to be the best building-mounted renewable energy project of any renewable technology type in the UK.

"Whilst it is our name on the award, it really should be for the whole project team at Gloucester Cathedral, the Heritage Lottery Fund, all those who sponsored a solar panel and everyone else who played their part in creating history, especially cathedral architect Antony Feltham-King of St Ann's Gate Architects who spent almost five years on the project."

This isn't the first time that Mypower, which specialises in solar PV for agricultural and commercial solar panel clients, has picked up an award for its work at Gloucester Cathedral.

At the South West Energy Efficiency Awards in Exeter, it finished runners-up and highly commended in the Small Scale Project of the Year and Solar PV Installer of the Year categories.

It also picked up the CorporateLiveWire 2017 award for Excellence in Commercial Solar Energy Solutions.

For more information about Mypower, visit www.mypoweruk.com  or telephone 01242 620894.

Picture: The Mypower team on stage after collecting their award from BBC deputy political editor John Pienaar (far right)

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