The pupils of Kempsey Primary School have more reason than most to be hoping for sunshine this winter following the installation of their new Solar PV system.

In a bid to reduce its carbon footprint the school has installed a solar panel system, which is expected to save five tonnes of carbon dioxide and save up to £2,300 in energy costs.

The installation adds to the schools already impressive environmental ethos, which is championed by their Eco-committee, made up of pupil representatives and makes a total of 40 solar panels.

The school’s Eco-coordinator, Sally Drinkwater, said: "These panels make a big visual impact and reinforce the Eco team's determination to achieve Green Flag status.

"It encourages pupils and staff to see how much money we can save by switching off lights and electrical appliances when not in use.

"The panels have already made a positive difference to our school and we are delighted!”

Cllr Anthony Blagg, deputy leader of Worcestershire County Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for environment, said: "The installation of the new solar PV panels at Kempsey Primary School is fantastic news for the school, for Worcestershire, and for the environment.

"Not only do these panels significantly reduce carbon emissions, but they are also cost-effective, and help young people think more about energy conservation."