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  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.
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