Solar Panels on every School

The total roof area on school buildings is substantial and due to their often organic growth can guarantee a good amount being south facing or east-west.

Solar panels for both electricity production and/or heating water could effectively utilise this roof space & provide savings on energy costs.

The impediment to such an investment has been the initial capital spend. However, there exists companies & schemes to overcome this obstacle. I considered this a year ago & came across SolarForSchools [1] who offer such a scheme. To be clear, I am in no way endorsing them but merely citing them as an example & I am sure other ways, even locally, could be implemented to generate the capital required, eg. sponsorship by businesses / businessmen. Mechanisms to pay back loans include converting credits on electricity export as repaynents for instance.

However which way once the capital spend is met & installation is complete, the maintenance costs are minimal. The panels just do their thing.

[1] https://www.solarforschools.co.uk

Why the contribution is important

As a user of solar panels on my own home, I am aware of the financial benefits and the obvious green advantages. Energy production from the panels is monitored & energy use offset against it for best efficiency.

The same would apply to any school wishing to promote a green agenda to both pupils & parents. Careful comms & analysis of costs would need to be made to reasure parents but the savings could be demonstrated almost immediately after installation since they just work!

This is not a great leap in vision to show off one's green credentials. Just imagine in 50 years time, panels on every building in the borough & micro generation of electricity becoming the norm for every home & business!

by phantomjinx on November 07, 2020 at 12:05AM

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  • Posted by VeronikaBTorfaenCouncil November 09, 2020 at 14:57

    Thank you for adding this idea to the challenge. We certainly do have a lot of roof space on schools across the county borough. Thank you for also providing a link to solar schools.
  • Posted by CAJacob November 11, 2020 at 18:40

    Solar panels on schools is an excellent idea, as all public buildings should have them.
    Pupils could be engaged in the classroom calculating the benefits of the advantages in financial and carbon reduction.
  • Posted by thepureoption November 12, 2020 at 09:16

    I agree that all civil buildings should invest in solar , a roof is wasted real estate but if it can be used to reduce the electricity carbon that the council produces and to make an additional revenue stream for a council hard pressed from cuts, it's a financial win and an environmental win.
  • Posted by ceriregan December 05, 2020 at 07:36

    This is an excellent idea - I fully support this (and it has been mentioned within the renewable resources post too).
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