Sun set to shine in Sedgeberrow

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Published Friday, 22nd May 2015

Sedgeberrow C of E First School, are beginning to generate their own electricity using solar power, thanks to help from Worcestershire County Councils 'Spend-to-Save' funding scheme.

Sedgeberrow C of E First School, are beginning to generate their own electricity using solar power, thanks to help from Worcestershire County Councils 'Spend-to-Save' funding scheme.

The school, installed 40 panels, reducing the environmental impact of carbon emission by over 4.6 tonnes of c02 each year, further improving Sedgeberrow's status as an Eco School and Green Flag holders.

The energy saved and feed in tariff income generated by the panels amounts to approximately £2,198 a year, with the panels paying for themselves in 6 years.

As well as helping schools to reduce their energy consumption, teachers can use the scheme to educate pupils about issues such as climate change, and integrate the learning into subjects such as maths and science. 

The solar panels come with a screen in the main school which tells the children how much energy is being created at the present time and how much energy this is saving in terms of equivalent miles driven in a car and in terms of money being saved.

Michele Humphreys the School Head Teacher said: The children are all very excited to have a renewable source of energy after extensive learning about non-renewable fuels and the effects of global warming as a consequence of burning fossil fuels.

"Over the last few years, the eco-committee has been monitoring our energy consumption so we are looking forward to seeing the effect of these panels on our energy consumption in the future."

Cllr Anthony Blagg, Cabinet Member for Environment said: "This is a really worthwhile project for the county council to get involved in, both providing an opportunity for education but also to save money from schools budgets and reduce carbon emissions across Worcestershire, it is also a great way of helping young people think more about where the electricity they use comes from. 

The project has been successful through close working with the Village Hall Committee, Sedgeberrow Sustainable and Manageable Energy (SeSaME) and Worcestershire County Council.

For more information about energy saving initiatives visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/spendtosave.