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15 Jan 2009 05:01:11

Schools get green equipment

Schools get green equipment
A school in Scotland has become the most recent to generate its own electricity after turning on the solar panels installed on its roof yesterday.

Buckie Community High School installed 24 photovoltaic panels on its roof, which are expected to generate 3,300 kilowatt hours a year – enough for 180,000 cups of tea.

Its solar array was funded by the Co-operative Group and the government's Low Carbon Building Programme (LCBP) Phase 2.

The LCBP Phase 2 offers public and third sector buildings grants to install technologies that will reduce building's carbon emissions.

Of the major energy companies, E.On and British Gas are accredited under the LCBP scheme.

Last November, E.On's Sustainable Energy Solutions business supplied and installed two photovoltaic panels to Heathlands School Hounslow, which the firm claims will help the school cut its carbon footprint by 500 kilograms a year.

At the time Tony Gallioni, head of sustainable energy solutions at the German energy firm, said: "We're committed to changing the way people view energy in the UK. It’s hugely encouraging that schools such as Heathlands want to not only educate their students in green technology but also see the benefits of fitting it."

Earlier on in the year, E.On helped Queen Elizabeth School in Bromyard install a 15-metre wind turbine.

A recent Ofsted report, Schools and Sustainability, a Climate for Change, found that sustainability was not being taught in many schools.

Most of the installations of solar panels or turbines at schools around the country also include meters which allow staff and pupils to monitor the electricity generated by their devices.



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