Row over eco-friendly solar panels and heating systems on UK's historic buildings

Solar panels on top of Edinburgh castle
Solar panels were installed on top of Edinburgh Castle, but questions have been raised as to whether the historical importance of these buildings is jeopardised because of these eco-friendly improvements (Image credit: Google Earth)

A debate has risen over whether the UK's historic buildings should be installing eco-friendly heating systems.

Conservations groups say the changes are vital in helping the UK reach its goals of becoming net zero by 2050. Changes to these buildings include air source heat pumps, solar panels and biomass boilers.

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