Alston Moor Community Energy is raising funds to install solar panels on the roof of Samuel Kings School in Alston. The school has XXX pupils, is located in the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Eden, Cumbria. The project has been designed to cut the school’s energy costs, but will also be used to educate pupils on climate change, and reduce the school’s carbon footprint. Similar projects have been successfully delivered all over the U.K. – such as the 10:10 Solar Schools programme, which installed PV on 80 schools around the country. The project will cost around £25,000. We only need £9,000 from donations. We’ve already raised some funds from Cumbria Action for Sustainability, and we’re aiming to raise £9,000 from community donations. We will use these to demonstrate support for the project, which will enable us to raise the remaining funds through grant applications.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
It will free up money to be spent on the pupils and the building. The project is estimated to save the school over £1,300 a year on energy; over £30,000 in the next 20 years. This can be reinvested into other school improvements, or fund trips or materials. The income from the Feed-In Tariff scheme will provide an extra £400 a year – more than is needed to cover the maintenance and insurance required. It will help staff educate pupils about climate change and what can be done to tackle it. It can sometimes be difficult to make climate change relatable when teaching it as part of the curriculum. The scheme will provide a practical talking point for staff to educate the school’s pupils about climate change, and what can be done to tackle it. It will reduce the school’s carbon footprint - The project is estimated to save around 7 tonnes of carbon emissions in its first year, with a total of 120 tonnes saved over 20 years.
Steps to get it done:
AMCE will own the solar panel system and lease it to the school on a peppercorn rent. The school will maintain the system, and will keep all the savings from the reduced bills, as well as the funds generated from the Government’s Feed-In Tariff scheme.
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