Glenleigh Park Academy Primary School and Bexhill Youth Centre are set to get smart about energy after being awarded a £10,000 grant.
UK Power Networks Power of Giving scheme gave the cash to local social enterprise Energise Sussex Coast (ESC) and Director of ESC Richard Wilson said the first priority is to help the school and youth centre save energy and reduce their bills, adding: “We are also going to use new smart software to make the savings visible to pupils so they can learn about energy and become energy champions at home.”
Pupils and parents will be invited to join an online ‘energy community’ and follow the school in sharing their energy saving results. An energy audit of the school and youth centre has already devised a menu of options for saving energy - from installing LED lights to insulating walls and lofts and replacing the oil-fired heating system at the youth centre. Both sites could also receive free solar panels from a Community Energy Co-operative. Glenleigh Park could save over £200,000 in the next 25 years if solar panels were installed.
After a meeting at the local school Bexhill MP and Minister of Energy and Climate Change Greg Barker, said: “I was very impressed to hear about the plans Glenleigh Park Academy have to save energy and generate their own energy through the installation of solar panels. These projects will save the school money which they can spend on valuable teaching resources and will also help pupils learn first-hand about the importance of using energy wisely at home and school to help protect our world against the effects of global warming.”