A New Biosolar roof rises in the City of London

 

Originally the roof in question had been a simple sedum green roof. Installed as a planning condition on a new bank, the roof was what it was. However the bank in question, had decided that they would like to install solar panels. The only viable place for the solar panels was on the area covered in vegetation.

 

A Biosolar Future for Cities in Europe

  

‘Solar Farms should be on roofs not farms ’ to paraphrase the UK Minister for Energy. The debate on whether farmland should be used for food or renewables is not for these pages. However, whilst there is now guidance on how to make solar farms biodiversity hotspots in the countryside, there is little understanding how this could be achieved at roof level in the UK. In Switzerland specifically there has been much work over the years of combining green roof and solar technology to create roof top biodiversity hotspots.