Bright future for solar powered schools

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Saving money and reducing carbon emissions are just some of the benefits West Sussex schools will enjoy as they switch to solar power.

West Sussex County Council today made the decision to invest £3 million in the scheme, enabling 48 schools to install the renewable energy.

It follows eight schools in the county successfully trialling the programme in 2015.

Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, told The Sussex Newspaper:  “This is excellent news. Installing solar panels across 48 sites will have incredibly positive impact, not only on these schools involved but also on the local economy and the environment. I am proud that West Sussex continues to follow through with its commitment to sustainability.”

Working with schools on renewable energy generation was identified as a priority in 2016. It is part of the Action Plan which accompanies the County Council approved Energy Strategy.

As well as reducing carbon emissions by an estimated 772 tonnes a year, schools can expect to save £2.2 million over a 25 year period.

West Sussex County Council will also benefit. As schools pay no installation or maintenance fees for the panels, they will buy the electricity produced from the council for a reduced fee. This will result in a net income of £1.7m across the 25 year time frame.

The project even presents a learning opportunity for West Sussex pupils. Witnessing solar power first hand will broaden their understanding of sustainable energy sources. This will be supported by an educational pack which has been developed to complement the scheme.

Installation will begin at eight to ten schools within a similar location. Over the course of the year the rest of the county will be included.

Today’s decision to install solar panels, which is subject to a call-in period, will be managed by Your Energy Sussex – a County Council-led partnership with local councils – and delivered by local, experienced companies.

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Kizzi Nkwocha is the editor of The Sussex Newspaper and My Entrepreneur Magazine. Kizzi Nkwocha made his mark in the UK as a publicist, journalist and social media pioneer. As a widely respected and successful media consultant he has represented a diverse range of clients including the King of Uganda, and Amnesty International. Nkwocha has also become a well-known personality on both radio and television. He has been the focus of a Channel 4 documentary on publicity and has hosted his own talk show, London Line, on Sky TV. He has also produced and presented both radio and TV shows in Cyprus and Spain. Nkwocha has published a number of books on running your own business and in 2011 his team won the Specialized Information Publishing Association (SIPA) award for best use of social media. In the UK he runs a successful consultancy called Social Biz Training which trains people on how to use social media for business.

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