Egni Coop, Awel Amen Tawe, Newport, solar, schools

How to install solar in schools

We’re currently building a 2MW community energy scheme with a Welsh community energy group called Awel Amen Tawe.  Their Egni Coop is working with Newport Council to install solar on their schools and other public buildings such as the velodrome.  Dan McCallum from Egni Coop, has written this rather excellent blog piece, looking at the finer details of the project panning and installation process.

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Our schools are proud to be solar schools

Installing solar PV systems at schools around the UK is one of the things we are most proud of at Joju. It is immensly satisfying to bring solar energy in to the academic environment for children. As we know that not only do school solar PV systems generate huge savings for the school but they also act as a tangible learning tool for teachers to use to educate pupils on power, electricity, energy and most importantly of all how to tackle climate change. We have heard time and time again how pupils at schools, where we have installed solar PV, have benefitted in their learnings from having a solar PV array installed.

Over the last few years we have worked particularly closely with Solar Schools,which is run by 10:1o, a charity that brings people together to help tackle climate change. The Solar Schools project’s aim is to put clean energy in classrooms all over the country. Schools set a fundraising target for their very own solar roof, then everyone chips in to help make it happen.

It’s a chance for pupils, parents, local businesses, former students and everyone else to do something good for their school, their community, and the whole world.

What makes installing solar PV in schools most satisfying though is when the school itself is so proud to become a solar school.

Schools like Dulwich Primary School who have a direct link from their school website to the Joju monitor of their array. Or Eleanor Palmer Primary School who feature infomation on their solar array in the Eco-section of their school website demonstrate this sense of achivement in becoming a solar school.

It is essential for schools to show climate leadership and educate children on the facts about energy and climate change so that future generations growing up understand the responsibilities they will face in the future. School science and geography education has changed substantially over the last few decades to incorporate the influence of man on the planet in to the core syllabus and using something as tangible as a solar PV system is an extremely powerful tool for teachers.

If you are a parent who is interested in solar PV for your child’s school or a teacher or governor interested for your own school then please do not hesitate to get in touch. As well as solar PV we also install other energy saving solutions for schools like LED lighting.

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