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Schools use solar panels to cut energy bills - 27/08/2013

Business electricity bills have been reduced at Bewdley schools after solar panels were added to the buildings to cut spending on energy.

Bewdley Primary School and the Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre, which are both located on Stourport Road, have had solar panels fitted as part of Worcestershire County Council's spend-to-save scheme.

Paul Roper, headteacher at Bewdley Primary School, stated that he is delighted with the installation of the solar panels, reports the Kidderminster Shuttle.

"With the recent fair weather it has been fantastic to see how much energy we are generating," he told the newspaper. Mr Roper added: "Going forwards, the children will link this into energy-saving practices carried out within the school. The panels are helping to reduce our environmental and carbon footprint, along with providing educational benefits and showcasing effective renewable technology."

Julie Reilly, headteacher at Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre, stated that the school is increasingly using green practices to reduce its spending on energy and the fitting of the solar panels is a part of this.

She explained measures such as developing a community orchard have been used in the last three years as the school looks to do its bit for the environment, as well as reducing the amount of money it spends on gas and electricity.

Conservative county councillor for Bewdley John Campion noted that another benefit of the programme is that students will get the chance to learn more about how energy is generated.

Cockermouth School, which has an Eco Centre that uses thermal heat and is also powered by electricity generated by a wind turbine and photovoltaic panels, recently won an award for its green measures. After taking first prize in the country in the Eco Schools category of the National Association of School Business Management awards, it was named runner up in the finals of the Ashden Trust awards.

Development manager at the school Joan Ellis explained double glazed windows and insulated curtain walling also help to keep business electricity bills down for the site.

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