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Lancashire school installs county’s largest solar array

Bowland High School in Clitheroe is expecting to save more than £400,000 in electricity costs over the next 30 years after installing the largest school rooftop solar array in Lancashire.

Bowland High School in Clitheroe is expecting to save more than £400,000 in electricity costs over the next 30 years after installing the largest school rooftop solar array in Lancashire. 

The school’s 360 rooftop solar panels ensure a fixed price for electricity and are due to save more than £20,000 over the next seven years and £17,000 every year thereafter. 

The savings will allow more to be spent on student activities, according to the school’s business manager, Paul Atkinson.

“The solar panels will allow us to do some fascinating projects, using real data for science, geography, technology and maths from the electricity generated on site”, he said.

‘Fixing the price’

“One thing everyone knows is the price of electric will carry on going up, so fixing the price now is great for Bowland High School moving forward.

“We were also keen to do something about reducing our carbon footprint and people need to think about that more and more.”

Bowling High School is not the only school in the region to benefit from solar. 

The school’s solar provider, Green Energy International, also brokered a project that installed 1,700 solar panels on the rooftop of Wellacre Academy in Greater Manchester in 2016 - thought to be the largest array ever installed on a UK school.

‘Wise investment’

Arthur Bell, chief executive of Green Energy International, said: “We must all be part of ensuring future generations can meet their own needs and disseminating this via schools and academies is fantastic.

“Wise companies and even educational establishments like Bowland High School are making their own investment into renewable energy right now."

An online guide to onsite energy generation is available here