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Trinity Primary School turns on to solar

The Trinity Primary School has recently installed two solar photo-voltaic (PV) arrays on the roofs of their swimming pool and a class room. The installations will save the school money whilst reducing their carbon emissions at the same time.

It will pay for itself in around 6 years and provide a total profit to the school of around £34,000.

Peter Spitzmaul from Trinity Primary said, “We are an eco-friendly school, and encourage the children to help the adults here in saving energy, and recycling as much waste as possible.

Moving to solar was the obvious next step for the school to take.  With the available roof space it was not only a way of improving our own carbon footprint, but also a straight forward business case of saving  money and  making money for the benefit of our current pupils and those to follow by way of supporting fully their educational needs. Indeed, we hope to extend this system further in due course.

The installation was funded using school’s finance from the council, which allows local authority schools to borrow money from the authority at 0% over 5 years. The loan can be extended to 7 years in some cases for solar PV installations.

If your school is interested in installing solar PV contact our Renewable Energy Officer, Richard Vaughan on: 01432 260192 or

Tags: Community and living, Environment and waste