Solar scheme sets precedent


His & hers hard-hats, as the Council’s Energy Manager Jeb Farrah and Wildern School Facilities Manager Chris Cornhill launch the ground breaking solar scheme.

Eastleigh Borough Council has just switched on a solar PV scheme at Wildern School in Hedge End

By obtaining approval for a solar PV scheme to be installed at the school, from the Secretary of State for Education, the Council have set a precedent that they hope other Academy schools will follow. Approval was required because Academy schools are not usually permitted to enter into contracts longer seven years and ‘Feed in Tariff’ contracts are a minimum of 20 years.

Cabinet Lead for Environment & Sustainability Cllr Louise Bloom said;

“This is a really exciting pioneering sustainable energy scheme that provides real benefits for the school, the Council and the local community. I hope that this will lead the way in encouraging other similar schemes across the country”

One of the key benefits of the scheme is the opportunity for the students and their parents to see the PV panels first hand and to educate and inform them of the benefits of renewable energy and the environment.

Wildern School Headteacher Mary-Lou Litton said;

”This is a fantastic scheme for the school as it provides a ‘real’ opportunity to teach the students about the benefits of solar power and other environment issues and of course saves us money on our energy bills.”

Besides the school benefiting from cheaper electricity, the Council will also generate income through the Feed in Tariff scheme, selling surplus electricity back to the grid.

There are now ten buildings across the Borough which between them, have 800 solar panels installed.

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site. 


  6 comments for “Solar scheme sets precedent

  1. Sue
    November 4, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    so why do we need a solar farm? I think I have made a comment on an article before that if the council placed solar panels on all it’s buildings then there would be no need for a farm? Solar panels on roofs are fine but in a field they could be an eye sore!

    • November 4, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      Well Sue, I think its mainly to do with the Lib Dems obsession with “tackling climate change”, trying to single handedly save the world at our expense. I can already visualise the photo’s, headlines and election leaflets…!

      Solar farms certainly make sense in some parts of the world, the sunnier places like California, the Sahara etc, but in wet and windy old Eastleigh….?

  2. Pete Stewart
    November 5, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Energy companies are bumping up prices by 10%.

    Let’s assume the average increase per house is £100 per year.

    Let’s assume 30 million houses in Britain.

    That’s a national increase of £100 x 30 million = £3,000 million per year.

    Does anyone know what proportion of that increase is due to subsidizing “green” schemes?

  3. Sue
    November 5, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I heard on a channel 4 programme last night that all the big 6 energy companies state a different % of costs for the green subsidy. So I think the answer at the moment is no we dont know what proportion of the increase is due to the green subsidy?

  4. Pete Stewart
    November 5, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Thank you Sue. My purpose in asking, is that I want to calculate the real (hidden) cost of solar panels nationally, to calculate the real (hidden) cost of the electricity they produce.

  5. Saiedah
    November 5, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Fed up with EBC doing what they like with our countryside and money…the lib dems in the area are out of control.

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