Wigantoday.net: A school in Wigan has become a shining example of how to harness renewable energy. Fred Longworth High School in Tyldesley has installed £20,000 worth of solar panels.
Students can keep track of how much renewable energy the panels are generating and the amount of carbon dioxide they have saved by checking a monitor in the school building.
The 1,300-student school is one of 100 across the UK chosen to receive the panels. Head teacher Tony Colley said: “We are very proud to be chosen for this important initiative.
“We are already working hard to reduce the school’s carbon footprint with a raft of green initiatives.
Switching on these solar panels will instantly boost our efforts while sending out a strong message about our commitment to helping the environment.” Year 11 student Tim Jones added: “We are increasingly aware of the need for green alternative fuels and this is a really good example of what can be done.”
The panels are half-funded by The Co-operative Group’s £1m Green Energy for Schools scheme, with matching-funding from the Government’s Low Carbon Building Programme (LCBP).
Schools were nominated for the project by Co-operative staff and members along with SolarCentury, which erects the panels. The premises were then assessed for their suitability.