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Solar energy for schools: what if every UK school installed solar panels?

Friday 11 September 2015


The six week summer holiday period is well and truly over for another year and it's back to school for pupils and teachers. It's also around this time where governors meet to review school budgets and a huge proportion of their budgets will be attributed to a school's electricity bill.

Solar panels are a reliable and well-tested source of renewable energy which schools could really take advantage of in order to bring clean energy to the classroom. The average size of a solar energy installation in a school is 50kW - over 12x the typical solar installation for a household. Schools still qualify for the government's Feed In Tariff scheme and can get paid a fixed rate for every unit of energy they produce.

Installation of solar panels on schools and university buildings is becoming increasingly popular as they continue to feel the pinch from the 'Big 6' energy firms. Here we give you some interesting facts if every school in the UK was to install solar panels.

If every school committed to solar panel installations

  1. Schools could produce the same amount of energy as burning 100,000 tonnes of oil
  2. Collectively, they would generate the same amount of energy as 380,000 homes in a year
  3. Every year a school could save the same in carbon fuel emissions as taking 110,000 cars off the road
  4. Pay the annual salaries of more than 6,000 teachers
  5. Every school could make a saving of £8,000 per year

As prices for solar panels continue to drop, that last fact could be of great interest to the people to hold the purse strings at schools throughout the UK. To discuss a solar panel installation project for your school, contact Simon on 0116 270 1926