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Solar for Schools

20/05/2014

Solar Strategy. The first of its kind, this strategy sets out the Governments ambition to see solar rolled out more widely and with it, the potential to support tens of thousands of jobs.

Launching the Solar Strategy at SunSolar Energy in Birmingham, Energy Minister Greg Barker said:

“We have put ourselves among the world leaders on solar and this ambitious Strategy will place us right at the cutting edge.

“There is massive potential to turn our large buildings into power stations… Solar not only benefits the environment, it will see British job creation and deliver the clean and reliable energy supplies that the country needs at the lowest possible cost to consumers.”

The Government wants to move the emphasis for growth away from large solar farms, and instead focus

UK’s rooftops to become power stations

Solar strategy: bringing industry new light

Plans to turn the Government estate, as well as factories, supermarkets and car parks into “solar hubs” have been outlined in the Government’s new

on opening up the solar market for the UK’s estimated 250,000 hectares of south facing commercial rooftops. Solar increasingly offers efficient and cost effective onsite generation opportunities to both businesses and domestic consumers, and our strategy makes a step change in our ambition for both as a means to generate renewable energy.

Widespread solar will ensure a better deal for hard pressed consumers and help move towards a greener, more local energy sector.

Over half a million buildings already use solar and with the cost of solar falling it is becoming more attractive for households, communities, and businesses to invest.

 

Solar in schools

In a further initiative, the Department for Education is working on ways to improve energy efficiency across the 22,000 schools in England, to reduce their annual energy spend of £500 million. The initiative will encourage the deployment of PV on schools alongside promoting energy efficiency.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said: “Solar panels are a sensible choice for schools, particularly in terms of the financial benefits they can bring. It is also a great way for pupils to engage with environmental issues and think about where energy comes from.”

Essex solar Power will be contacting local Schools with information on this new strategy from the Government.


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