Caerphilly schools go solar
Schools in the Heads of the Valley’s area of Caerphilly County Borough are set to benefit from new solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, with £71,000 worth of funding secured.
The funding will allow the Caerphilly Solar Schools Project, which was launched in 2009, to enter the second phase of works. Phase one of the project has seen nine Caerphilly county borough schools benefit from energy bill savings, with £225,000 spent on the installation of PV panels.
It is estimated the nine schools which received PV panels during phase one of the project have generated 3,196KWh of electricity per year and have contributed towards lowering the authority’s carbon footprint by an estimated carbon dioxide saving of 1,836 tonnes per school.
Cllr Ken James, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and sustainable development, said: “The Solar Schools Project has significantly helped the Council with our priority of making all our services more sustainable for the environment. As one of the leading Local Authorities in Wales we aim to significantly reduce our carbon emissions by 2019, and phase two of the Solar Schools Programme will ensure that we are well on our way to reaching this ambitious goal.”
In addition to the £225,000 of funding for phase one of the programme of works, £20,000 was secured in order to develop educational resources for all schools across the county borough, supporting the Eco Schools programme and the delivery of renewable energy as part of the curriculum.
As well as being taught using the educational resources, pupils attending the schools with the PV panels are able to see a renewable energy system in use.
The schools which will receive the PV panels during phase two of the project are yet to be announced and are subject to survey at each school site.
The Caerphilly Solar Schools Project is being funded by United Welsh Housing Association, using Welsh Government Heads of the Valley Regeneration funds.
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