A school has installed solar panels that are linked to a live web-based monitoring system so that the pupils can use the output and savings data as part of their lessons.
Breakspear Junior School in Ickenham has just had a solar thermal panel fitted to generate hot water. It already had 30 solar panels generating electricity.
The thermal panel cost £39,000 and was funded by EDF Energy’s Green Fund, a grant from the Energy Savings Trust and school funds.
Headteacher Dr Philip Rutter said: “We are delighted that we have been able to bring renewable energy to our school. The equipment will offset some of our energy consumption and help our children to understand first-hand the benefits of renewable energy technology.”
So far nearly 9,000 schools have joined The Pod, EDF Energy’s programme for greener schools, launched to help children, parents and teachers lead low-carbon lifestyles.