York primary school leads the way in green energy

People holding a solar panel outside the school

Clifton Green Primary School in York is now proudly sporting 380 solar panels on its roof, helping to significantly reduce the school’s energy costs.

The ‘new roof’ has been delivered thanks to partners including City of York Council, York Community Energy and Solar for Schools.

The solar panels are expected to generate enough electricity to power 40 houses and will supply around half the school’s total energy need each year, going some way to mitigate the effect of recent energy price rises.

Councillor Baker, vice-chair of the Climate Emergency Scrutiny Committee welcomed the panels saying “It is great to see schools in York taking a lead in addressing the climate emergency, and showing their pupils what can be done. I hope that this is the first of many, and that soon all schools in York will have solar panels on their roofs”

Nicola Jones, headteacher Clifton Green Primary, said: “Having solar panels installed across our roof will naturally provide financial savings to the school but most importantly we are now able to use this resource to educate our children and the wider community. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Solar for Schools and City of York Council and providing educational opportunities exploring the benefits of renewable energy and the positive environmental impact.”

Richard Lane, a director of York Community Energy said, “When you put renewables on schools you don’t just save carbon – we hope this will inspire pupils, and show that we can take action at all levels to tackle the climate crisis.

“We think lots of schools all across York can benefit from solar panels. We’re already in discussion with eight more schools, so we hope that this beautiful new solar roof will be the first of many.”

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