Solar savings for primary school

Work to improve the energy efficiency of a Sutton Coldfield school will help save more than £2,000 annually – equivalent to enough power to operate over 200 desktop PCs.

The project, led by Birmingham City Council, has seen 160 solar panels installed by G Purchase Construction across two roofs at Moor Hall Primary School, delivered as part of the ongoing Phase 2 work of the Birmingham Energy Savers initiative.

Given the peak generation period for the panels is 10am until 3pm daily, the school will use most of the electricity, helping reduce its energy bills, and cutting carbon emissions in the process.

Cllr Brigid Jones, Cabinet Members for Children and Family Services at Birmingham City Council, said: “With energy costs rising every year, we need to take action to ease the impact on our schools, whose budgets are best spent on educating the city’s children.

“Projects like this show there are ways we can reduce operating costs while helping the environment and I hope the planned expansion of Birmingham Energy Savers scheme will inspire other schools to adopt the innovative measures that Moor Hall Primary have embraced.”

Under the first two phases of Birmingham Energy Savers, over 1,300 homes and 20 other buildings have had the benefit of solar installations.  The installation at Moor Hall Primary is part of a larger programme to install onto several schools across the city.

The third phase, set to formally launch before Christmas, will see the council team up with Carillion Energy Services to deliver work to up to 60,000 homes and 1,000 non-domestic buildings by 2020.

Moor Hall headteacher Andrew Steggal said: “It is extremely important that the children learn about being ‘eco friendly’. In this way we can not only improve our efficiency as a school but, most importantly, encourage children to be proactive in sustaining the world they are growing up in.

“The installation of solar panels at Moor Hall School is part of a continuing programme of environmental and energy saving work that has included the development of a wildlife area, garden plots, recycling, global citizenship, and curriculum work on the Eco Schools Award Scheme.”

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