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BSCS-060-webIn a joint statement Bradley Stoke Community School and South Gloucestershire Council have announced the installation of solar panels on the school roof. The installation incorporates in the region of 1,000 panels [250Kw system] mounted on an extruded railing system connected via cabling into a ground floor switch room. The project is funded by South Gloucestershire Council and will provide a double benefit to the community as the school will gain from reduced electricity bills while the council receives income from the school for the purchase of the generated electricity.

The school plans to make the most of the educational benefits, with a large performance display being situated in the school’s reception area which shows power output, cumulative generation and CO2 offset. In addition, a web-based data logging system will be provided to give generation and export data with an option for staff to use this information output for educational purposes. Science and Maths departments are already exploring opportunities to incorporate the technology into lessons so that ‘live’ data can be used in the classroom.

It is expected that the system will generate around 25% of the school’s daytime demand (when weather conditions allow) and provide a reduction in annual electricity costs.

Executive Head Teacher Dave Baker commented: “Prudent financial management and an ability to think innovatively to maximise our resources is as important as ever in what is a challenging environment for all schools. This project could provide significant cost savings for the school which will provide additional resources for learning and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the environment.”

Whilst Head Teacher Steve Moir added “If we can spend funding on education rather than electricity bills, and not only that, we are teaching our young people about the importance of looking after the environment too; it’s a win-win in my eyes.”

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