Potential educational eco first for Crow Country

PUBLISHED: 12:52 07 July 2011

Solar panels

Solar panels

no to be re-used

A Crow Country school will become one of the first in the region to generate its own green electricity later this year.

Steeple Morden Church of England Primary School has been granted planning permission to instal solar panels on the roof, a move the headteacher estimates will take place after the summer holidays.

Richard Lloyd was first approached by students as the school has an eco-committee, the 3R’s, made up of children working to make a positive impact on the environment.

He said: “They have got an environmental committee that has gone round the building turning lights off in classes, and being environmentally friendly.

“They have tried to reduce the amount of paper being used, and are looking into landfill.

“It’s a similar project – when you teach kids stuff they run with it.”

The panels will generate electricity to save the school money and which can be sold to the national grid which Mr Lloyd estimates will pay for the costs of the panels in around eight years.

But to help move things forward and assist financially, the school is looking for a business or individual to sponsor the project.

“We’re looking for someone because they’re philanthropic, environmentally friendly, or because they are interested in education,” said Mr Lloyd.

“This could be a local business or individual that would feel there’s some benefit for them.”

Mr Lloyd, who has been at the school five years, says he does not know of any other school in the region which has made a similar step, and is excited about the project – which is supported by the school’s governors.

The contract for the work on the Hay Street school has been awarded to local company Summers PV.

Anyone wishing to sponsor the project should contact the school on 01763 852474 or by email on office@steeplemorden.cambs.sch.uk

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