Solar panels ‘will boost education’ at Stamford Queen Eleanor School

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A SCHOOL will use solar panels to boost its funds and teach pupils about renewable energy.

Plans to place 42 solar panels on the roof of Stamford Queen Eleanor School were approved by South Kesteven District Council on Friday last week.

Headteacher Wendy Hamilton said: “The aim is for the panels to earn money for the school.

“They will be tied into the national grid and we will get a feed-in tariff, which gives a guaranteed income per kilowatt of energy produced for 25 years.

“They will improve students’ understanding of renewable energy sources as well.”

The school had hoped to install the panels during the summer holidays but the planning process took longer than expected.

Work will now start during the October half term, and should be finished by November 1.

Mrs Hamilton added: “We didn’t feel it was a good idea to have scaffolding up when the children were in school.”

The panels will cost about £30,000 to install, and £20,000 of that will come from a grant from Stamford-based Cummins Generator Technologies.

The school will provide the rest of the funding.

Stamford-based PV Solar Installations will install the panels.

General manager for Cummins’ hybrid and variable speed integrated generator division, Nic Bertrand, said: “Cummins Generator Technologies supports the local community through our community involvement team, providing financial support and regular employee volunteering.

“We currently work with six key local partners, including Stamford Queen Eleanor.

“The project to install energy saving solar panels at the college fits well with our aims of bringing benefits to local education and the environment but also gave our local engineers the chance to bring their technical expertise to the team at the college, helping prepare the specifications for the solar panels and making this project a reality.

“This support meant a very real community involvement beyond our financial contribution and we look forward to supporting similar local environmental and sustainability projects in the future.”

The school already has a small number of panels installed, which partly power the boilers.

l The school is holding open mornings for parents of primary school children from 9.30am to midday on September 26, 27 and 28 and an open evening from 6pm to 8pm on September 28.

Visitors can meet the staff and pupils and get a taste of lessons.