01 Jul 2010 05:07:05
British Gas to give solar panels to schools
British Gas has announced plans to give away solar panels to a number of schools.
Under the scheme, 750 schools will be given the renewable energy tools, which are worth between £20,000 and £40,000. They will be installed free of charge and allow the schools to generate green energy for no cost, cutting as much as 20 per cent off their annual fuel bill.
The cash saved by using energy produced by the panels will then been used to finance the installation of panels in even more schools.
It is hoped that within five years, free solar panels could be installed in as many as 1,100 schools.
In addition to cost, the environmental benefits of the scheme will be huge, with emissions being reduced by up to 1,400 tonnes annually.
Katie Alloway, spokesperson for British Gas, said: "A school is the hub of a community, used by so many people, so the opportunity to have a solar panel and showcase that technology will really help them to understand more about the technology and how they can cut energy use and save money."