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Saltaire Primary School is switched-on to green power
9:00am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
Sun-power is now helping one school slash its electricity bill and save the planet thanks to a joint venture with Bradford Council.
Pupils at Saltaire Primary School switched on a new solar panel system installed on its roof yesterday, in the first scheme of its kind within Bradford.
Uniquely, the school borrowed money from Council coffers to fund the 66 panels which are hidden in the roof and are invisible from the World Heritage Site.
Savings in its energy bill will be used to repay every penny borrowed from taxpayers during an estimated time span of 11 years.
“We are a green flag eco-school and we are really committed to things like this,” said head teacher Sally Stoker.
“There is an ‘Eco-Committee’ of pupils, a governor and staff who will be monitoring just how well the solar panel scheme is working.
“And we will have a large screen at the school entrance which will show the performance and the savings being made.
“Now we’ve got it switched on we can also do lots of projects with maths, such as monitoring classrooms’ energy use and prizes for those who save the most by always switching things off.
“We now have this lovely Victorian building which is serving 21st century needs,” said Mrs Stoker, who pointed out that Saltaire itself was at the cutting edge of industrial technology when it was built.
On top of expected energy savings, the panels will also reduce the school’s carbon dioxide emissions by more than 5,000kg.
Shipley councillor Martin Love described the solar panel scheme as “wonderful and a great example to the children and to other schools”.
“This has been the result of a lot of hard work by the school and its governors,” he added.
“Schools could use a lot more natural resources like ground source heat pumps under playing fields and wind turbines if they are on higher ground,” said Coun Love ( Shipley Green).
Cindy Peek, Bradford Council’s deputy director of children’s services, said: “This is an innovative project that will help towards protecting the environment and making Bradford a more sustainable place to be.”