Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, people and organisations the school is now the proud owner of a 11 kilowatt, 46 panel solar PV system capable of generating around 20% of the school’s electricity needs. Southern Solar installed the panels during the October 2014 holiday.
Nearly £18,000 was raised between October 2013 and July 2014 with fantastic support from the 10:10 Solar Schools team: www.solarschools.org.uk.
The school is particularly grateful to the five “Major Sponsors” who each donated the cost of three panels:
The response of the local community was fantastic. We received donations from a whole range of people and hundreds supported the fundraising events, the biggest of which was Christine Giles’ amazing Auction of Promises which raised over £3,000 and really engaged the imagination of local people and businesses. Christine has been fantastically supportive all the way through the project, advertising it in her shop in the town and constantly coming up with fundraising ideas.
Although the project was about raising money for the solar panels the school has benefitted enormously from the goodwill of people wanting to support a really worthwhile community initiative. So many people tell us they didn’t really know much about the school beforehand and are now very impressed by what it has achieved. It really has helped put Fitz at the heart of the community.
So, we now look forward to many years of generating our own clean, green electricity and helping Bradford on Avon become carbon neutral by 2050.
In the first 5 days after installation the panels had already generated 75kwh: