Bexhill school’s drive to cut its carbon footprint

British Airways' Carbon Fund scheme at Glenleigh Park Academy, Bexhill.''Pupils pictured with the school's solar panels in the background and cabin crew Harriet Morris, Eddie Golding and Katie Proudlove. SUS-150618-123541001
British Airways' Carbon Fund scheme at Glenleigh Park Academy, Bexhill.''Pupils pictured with the school's solar panels in the background and cabin crew Harriet Morris, Eddie Golding and Katie Proudlove. SUS-150618-123541001
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A Bexhill primary school has had a new solar panel installed on its roof as part of its drive to reduce its carbon emissions and save on energy bills.

Glenleigh Park Primary Academy is leading the green energy revolution with its ambitious use of solar panels as earlier this year, it had several installed by the Schools Energy Co-operative.

Its new 150kW panel was made possible by donations from British Airways customers who can opt to donate to the airline’s Carbon Fund when they buy flights online. Money is then allocated to community-based projects by charity Pure Leapfrog.

It is estimated the installation of the solar panels will save the school more than £68,000 in energy bills over its lifetime, and reduce carbon emissions by more than 1,220 tonnes.

Deborah Redman, headteacher, said: “I’m thrilled with the installation of the solar panels. This not only saves the school money but helps children to understand practical ways to reduce our impact on the environment. We all have our role to play in sustainability and with projects like this one, British Airways is making a real difference to local communities.”

Jonathon Counsell, British Airways’ head of environment, said: “The Carbon Fund is just one aspect of our environmental strategy. We are committed to playing our part in achieving sustainable growth and setting the standard for responsible flying.”

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