School's new solar panels save energy and the planet

Solar panels have been installed on two flat roofs at Acland Burghley School to enable the school to cut its energy bills while also helping the environment.

The £67,000 project is funded by the Council and the 186 panels were installed over the summer with the help of the Schools Energy Co-operative (SEC), a community-based social enterprise specialising in renewable energy.

Kat Miller, Acland Burghley’s strategy and business manager, said the scheme was part of an eco-drive at the school, which will feed into the curriculum. “We are keen for the children to develop their social conscience and be aware of the environment,” she said. 

Ms Miller added that the benefits include cheaper energy bills, as well as the opportunity to get money back through a rebate system called ‘feed-in tariffs’. 

The school has worked closely with the SEC and the Council, which is encouraging schools and children’s centres across the borough to reduce their carbon footprint.

Councillor Meric Apak, Camden Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Environment, said: “This exciting project will produce carbon-free energy for the school and provide them with an income stream for any excess energy they may produce.”

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