City Schools to be Solar Powered

Six schools going green with solar panels

Solar panels are to be installed at six schools in Swansea to reduce their carbon footprint and provide opportunities for pupils to learn about the environment and the technology used.

Swansea Council is behind the scheme that will also see panels installed at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery.

The council is investing around £200,000 and estimates the panels will pay for themselves within 10 years and then provide an income for the authority in the years after that.

Feasibility studies were carried out to identify schools where they would work most efficiently, with factors including the suitability of the roof areas and the capacity of the local electricity network.

The schools where they will be installed will be Pentrechwyth Primary, Talycopa Primary, Bishopston Primary, Cila Primary, St Thomas Primary and Olchfa Comprehensive.

A contractor has been appointed following a public tender process.

The scheme fits in with Swansea Council's Energy Strategy and commitment to reduce energy consumption and improve energy efficiency in council owned buildings.

The Welsh Government has set a target of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 for all Welsh local authorities.

Cllr Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Next Generation Services, said: "Installing solar panels at these schools is a win-win for both the schools and the council.

"The use of more renewable energy is critical for Swansea. Not only will it help us cut our carbon footprint, but it will also help us save money at a time when budgets are under more pressure than ever before."

Cllr Lewis said a number of schools across Swansea were already benefiting from energy efficiency savings.


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