Solar panels help Solihull school generate low carbon electricity

A school in Birmingham is soon to generate its own low carbon electricity following the installation of a solar panel system, thanks to npower’s Juice Fund which was established to help fund community renewables projects like this. 

Monkspath Junior and Infant School in Shirley, Solihull is helping to cut its energy costs and carbon emissions by installing solar photovoltaic panels worth £82,500. For at least the next 25 years the school will be able to produce its own renewable energy which will lessen its reliance on increasingly expensive fossil fuels.

Commenting on the project, npower’s Project Manager Matthew Cole said they were delighted to be able to provide Monkspath Junior and Infant School with a brand new solar array, which should help the school to save thousands of pounds over the next 25 years and beyond.

Councillor Ken Hawkins, the Mayor of Solihull and a Governor at the school said it was great that the pupils – whose ages range from three to eleven – had the opportunity to learn about renewable energy.

“Responsible interaction with the environment is the purview of all, young and old. These solar panels are a view of the way forward towards a more sustainable future. I am immensely proud of everyone here at Monkspath School,” he added.

Head teacher Mrs Hutchinson said: “The solar panels will make a huge difference to the school, not just by saving money but also as an education tool. We are proud to be doing our bit to help the environment by having the panels installed and we’d like to thank the npower Juice fund for helping to provide us with years of renewable energy for the school.”

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