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.