School reduces its carbon footprint thanks to 1,000-plus solar panels

A go-ahead Nottingham school has installed more than 1,000 solar panels – enabling it to generate a quarter of its own electricity.

The Nottingham Emmanuel School in West Bridgford is thought to have more solar panels than any other school in the country.

The solar panels were installed on five roofs over the summer holidays and were switched on at the start of the autumn term.

The panels will generate up to 250kw of electricity per year to power the school’s classrooms – enough electricity to power the equivalent of 83 homes for a year. They are expected to save the school hundreds of thousands of pounds on energy bills over the next 20 years.

The installation was funded by the government and the Energy Efficiency Financing Scheme, which was set up by Siemens and the Carbon Trust. The work was carried out by Solarlec, a national renewable energy company that supplies solar panels and biomass boilers.

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