Children at Northleaze Church of England Primary School celebrate the launch of their 50kWp solar PV system.
On Monday 18th July 2016 the children and staff of Northleaze Primary School launched their community-owned solar system by forming a huge sun in their playground. It is North Somerset’s first community-owned school solar PV system.
As part of the celebration Andrew Kinnear, Deputy Head Teacher held an assembly based upon climate change and the importance of the schools’ new solar energy. 200 of the schools’ pupils then gathered on the school grounds dressed in yellow to create a giant golden sun for the birds eye drone that was filming overhead.
The 50kWp solar array was built by multi-award winning company Solarsense and was funded and is owned by Low Carbon Gordano Limited, a co-operative whose purpose is to help the local community to reduce energy costs and become more sustainable.
The 50kWp solar array is the largest roof top system the community group has installed to date. It includes an online monitoring system so that the school can develop an education program focusing on renewable energy and combating climate change. The system also includes a real time display monitor in reception for pupils, parents, governors and staff to keep an eye on what the array is generating and how much CO2 they are offsetting to help tackle climate change.
A special thanks must go to Low Carbon Gordano for raising such vital funding, David Maggs, Diocese of Bath and Wells who played a pivotal role in supporting the project and of course to Andrew Kinnear and all of the children and governors at Northleaze School.
System size: 50kWp
Estimated annual output: 48,000kWh
Annual CO2 emissions offset: 25 tonnes
Northleaze Primary School