School harnesses the power of the sun

First published in News

SOLAR panels have been installed on a school roof.

Children on Broadwas primary school's Eco Committee have championed the project in a bid to make the school as green as possible.

The 9.81kwp system was installed at the beginning of January and the school predicts that it will generate around 9000kwh of electricity in the first year.

This should save money for the school and reduce the school’s carbon footprint by around 4000kg of carbon dioxide per year.

The children have already enjoyed monitoring the website where they can see information about energy being generated as well as an estimate of income from the Government’s Feed- in-Tariff.

Headteacher, Mark Allen, said "We are delighted with this project which we have been planning for some time now.

"Not only will the panels provide savings in our energy costs, but will contribute substantially towards sustainability in our school and create interest in the technology among our pupils.

"Our rural location - just six miles from Worcester - means that we benefit hugely from our outdoor space which we use to enhance our curriculum work. "Reduction of our impact on the environment is something we are committed to as a school.

"We are grateful to the Diocese of Worcester for its support of this project."

The school also holds at Green Flag, the top award issued by Eco Schools to sustainable schools.

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8:59pm Thu 23 Jan 14

TheLoudBloke says...

Meanwhile somewhere else on the national grid, fossil fuelled generation plant is being run inefficiently to compensate for these solar panels fluctuating output and increasing the CO2 output.
Ignorance is bliss.
Meanwhile somewhere else on the national grid, fossil fuelled generation plant is being run inefficiently to compensate for these solar panels fluctuating output and increasing the CO2 output. Ignorance is bliss. TheLoudBloke
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11:54am Fri 24 Jan 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Are they sure that the real reason for installing them isn't the feed in tariff. Those of us who can't install them are paying for those who can install these highly inefficient panels.
Why do very few people seem to install the more efficient solar water heating? Solar PV doesn't get above the mid 30s in terms of percentage efficiency whereas solar hot water can exceed 80% efficiency.
Modern Boilers can use pre-heated water meaning that the bill for hot water can be dramatically reduced. Also for buildings that are used at night and in the evening (periods of peak power demand) hot water can be stored quite efficiently in an insulated cylinder unlike solar electricity which can only be produced during the day and rarely matches the predicted yield.
Are they sure that the real reason for installing them isn't the feed in tariff. Those of us who can't install them are paying for those who can install these highly inefficient panels. Why do very few people seem to install the more efficient solar water heating? Solar PV doesn't get above the mid 30s in terms of percentage efficiency whereas solar hot water can exceed 80% efficiency. Modern Boilers can use pre-heated water meaning that the bill for hot water can be dramatically reduced. Also for buildings that are used at night and in the evening (periods of peak power demand) hot water can be stored quite efficiently in an insulated cylinder unlike solar electricity which can only be produced during the day and rarely matches the predicted yield. New Kid on the Block
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