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Primary school in Mallusk switches on to solar

Tuesday 9 Dec 08

Mallusk Primary School will be ordering its energy sunny side up from now on.
 
The environmentally aware school has installed solar photovoltaic panels (PV), which will generate clean, environmentally friendly electricity. The 5kWp system, funded by Northern Ireland Electricity's Smart programme and the North Eastern Education and Library Board (NEELB), will produce around 4000 units of electricity each year, a saving of over £500 on the school’s energy bills.
 
Gwyneth Scott, NIE Energy, says there is great potential for solar power in Northern Ireland and is delighted local schools are switching on to solar. While visiting the school this week to see the new solar technology, Gwyneth said, "Renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies have the potential to substantially reduce the amounts of carbon dioxide (C02) emitted, helping to prevent climate change.
 
"This 5kWp solar panel will substantially reduce the carbon dioxide emitted into the local environment by around 2.5 tonnes. In recent years schools have become enthusiastic adopters of renewable energy, demonstrating a range of sustainable energy solutions such as solar, wind, biomass and geothermal. We look forward to continuing our work with the Education Boards to promote renewable energy alternatives in schools throughout Northern Ireland."
 
Claire Forth, Principal, Mallusk Primary School, says "We are constantly looking for new ways to protect the local environment and the installation of PV at the school is a constant reminder to the pupils, teachers and parents that we can all play a part in protecting our future."
 
Robert McCreery, Energy and Environmental Officer for the North Eastern Education and Library Board says the Board is committed to reducing C02 emissions and has been introducing renewable energy technologies were possible in properties throughout the area. "With the valuable support this year from NIE, we have installed solar panels or other renewable technology at several schools in the North Eastern area. The Board is doing something positive for the environment by substituting the burning of fossil fuels with solar power to provide electricity. The schools benefit environmentally through a reduction in C02 emissions and they will also see savings on annual energy costs."
 
To find out more about saving energy and renewable energy solutions for your home, school or business check out the NIE Energy website www.nie-yourenergy.co.uk, the EST website www.est.org.uk or call the Energy Saving Trust on freephone 0800 512 012.