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Fund is a powerful boost for school’s solar panels bid

A Suffolk school is on the way to saving energy and slashing its carbon footprint thanks to a £9,000 cash boost from a power firm.

From Press releases - 19 February 2015 12:00 AM

Witnesham Primary School will be putting the money from UK Power Networks towards a scheme to install solar panels.

UK Power Networks delivers electricity to eight million people in the East of England, London and the South East.

The High Road school has a strong environmental ethos and its thriving Eco team is helping to improve energy and water usage as well as reducing waste and encouraging recycling.

Not only will installing the panels help to save energy and reduce the school’s carbon footprint, it will help save money which can then be ploughed back into the pupils’ education.

Headteacher Jan Hubbard-Whitehead said that the panels are due to be installed on March 9.

She said: “This grant is a huge help. As a small rural school we would not be able to afford this and would not be able to even consider doing anything like this.
“We have just got Eco silver status and we are looking really closely at the environment and sustaining energy.
“It will make us a saving financially but it is also about engaging the children and getting them to be environmentally aware.”

Since 2013 UK Power Networks’ Power of Giving Fund has allocated more than £400,000 to successful community projects, particularly those which enhanced energy efficiency and reduced fuel poverty.

UK Power Networks Director of Customer Services, Matt Rudling said: “There is so much good work being carried out in communities, to help create a better life for many people.
“Through the Power of Giving scheme we have supported those charities and organisations and helped give something back to the communities where we live and work.”