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William Martin C of E Junior School installs new solar panels

Education / Thu 18th Jan 2024 at 11:25am

AS part of a wider project implemented by Vine Schools Trust, a Multi-Academy Trust with a family of schools across Essex, William Martin C of E Junior School has received new solar panels and LED lighting. 

A total of 244 panels were installed at the school, which are estimated to save a total of 734 tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere in their lifetime.  

Since installation, the panels have generated 6 megawatt hours of solar energy, which is the equivalent of charging 100 electric cars.  

The solar panels were installed by Solar for Schools, which utilises funding through their Community Benefits Society to design, develop and install solar panels at schools across the UK.  

Co-Founder & CEO Robert Schrimpff shared, “We are very pleased to have been able to fund and add a solar panel system to William Martin C of E Junior School. 

“As a social impact business, our purpose is to empower and educate the next generation to live more sustainably whilst helping schools decarbonise with solar energy.” 

Head of School, Gina Bailey, shared “We have been working in collaboration with Vine Schools Trust to achieve their pupils’ vision of being a net zero school and Trust. 

“Three years ago, the children in Year 3 had been learning about how to save the planet and wrote letters asking if the school could install solar panels to produce their own electricity. 

“Their vision was shared with the Vine Schools Trust who spent two years researching into this possibility. 

“Three years later, the school proudly features solar panels covering all roofs, all lights in the school are now LED and we now have 12 Eco Ambassadors looking for more opportunities to make the school net zero.” 

One of the schools Eco Ambassadors, Mason, said “The one year I was an eco-ambassador I made a difference. It’s amazing, I’m so proud – I can’t believe it. I wrote a letter and we made a difference for the whole school community.”

Suthan Santhaguru, Director of Finance at Vine Schools Trust, said, “With a total of 23 schools within our Trust, it is important for us to acknowledge our collective carbon footprint and start implementing sustainable solutions as soon as possible.  

“Additionally, by switching to solar energy and LED lighting, we are predicting an energy saving total of £150,000. In the midst of a cost of living crisis and with energy prices at an all time high in 2023, this has been an important factor in our decision to switch to low-emission solutions.”

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1 Comment for William Martin C of E Junior School installs new solar panels:

Mark Ingall
2024-01-18 15:17:19

What a great initiative. Well done William Martin School.

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