School solar panels light way ahead

Greenfields Community Primary School in Longbenton where solar panels have been installed.

Greenfields Community Primary School in Longbenton where solar panels have been installed.

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A BOROUGH school is lighting the way for others to follow after having a new piece of equipment installed.

Greenfields Community Primary School, in Wideopen, is one of only a handful of sites in the north east to benefit from a solar panel installation project after 36 solar panels were installed.

Funding from a partnership of local authorities has helped the school install the panels, which could save around £821 a year off current bills.

And it also means the school will be eligible to receive the government’s Feed in Tariff (FIT) resulting in it being paid for generating electricity is does not use.

For any electricity they generate, the school could receive almost £2,600 per year with the tariff guaranteed for 25 years.

Coun Ed Hodson, cabinet member for transport and the environment, said: “It is fantastic that one the borough’s schools has benefited from this programme.

“Solar power is becoming increasingly important in helping to reduce energy bills, reduce carbon emissions and eliminate fuel poverty. Initiatives, such as this one, help to raise the profile of carbon reduction and energy consumption.

“As a council, we are working extremely hard to reduce the borough’s carbon footprint.

“We have also recently fitted solar panels onto around 1,500 council homes.”

The school building now also has a solar panel on display to help pupils, parents, staff and visitors to learn and understand about the importance of reducing their carbon footprint.