Solar Panels Benefits for Schools
Schools are the perfect case for implementing solar panels. The Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has split the key benefits into three categories:
- Reduced electricity bills: schools can make significant savings on their electricity bills, allowing them to spend money on educational and recreational programs, not on energy. Solar panels can generate electricity for more than 40 years so the cost savings will go on for some time and are likely to be substantial.
- Reducing CO2 emissions: combating climate change by significantly reducing the school’s greenhouse gas emissions. Using the above example, a medium-size system can reasonably expect to mitigate several tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each and every year, creating significant CO2 savings over the lifespan of a system.
- Education and engagement: communicating to the pupils the benefits of sustainability through a working example of renewable technology in their own school will provide more direct engagement, particularly in geography, science, design and technology, and IT. This can also help to inspire the wider community to take action to address climate change.