School powered by sunshine
Solar panels being installed at Blackhorse Primary School
BLACKHORSE Primary school has joined the green energy revolution.
During the summer holidays an array of solar panels were fitted to cover the school’s roof, while all of the lights in the school swapped over to low-energy LED fittings.
It means that on some sunny summer days the school will run entirely on sunshine.
The primary school in Blackhorse Lane is one of only four in the area to be receiving the panels, after its business leader, Debbie Beazer, noticed a grant opportunity and put in a bid as part of a joint South Gloucestershire council and central government scheme.
The initiative is aimed at reducing schools' carbon output and saving money at the same time.
The new panels and lights, which have been heavily subsidised by South Gloucestershire, should save the school almost £7,000 a year in energy costs.
Head teacher Simon Botten said: "The school is also using the initiative to support children’s learning, as the new panels come with an app which shows the children exactly how much energy is being generated by solar each day.
"Eco council leader and teacher Robyn Wooller will be using the app with her eco team to monitor the school’s energy use and to encourage the children to be as green as possible."