Solar schools cut costs

SCHOOLS and council properties across Northumberland are being fitted with solar panels to reduce energy costs.

As part of Northumberland County Council’s targets to reduce carbon emissions, planning applications have been made to make council-owned buildings more energy efficient.

Coun Roger Styring, ward member for Lesbury is deputy leader and responsible for climate change initiatives at Northumberland County Council.

He said: “The council is committed to reducing its carbon emissions across the county and the installation of solar photovoltaic panels on council buildings will help to bring this about.

“We secured £7million through prudential borrowing for a scheme that will see solar panels installed on 400 council houses and 130 community buildings – including schools.

“The project will lead to a reduction of carbon usage by around 23,700 tonnes and will also reduce the costs of energy to the affected buildings.

“It will cover its own capital and running costs, make a net revenue return and will create jobs for local people by stimulating the micro-generation economy of Northumberland.”