Case study: Woodnewton Academy
As part of the Harborough Solar One project, Harborough Energy set up their first solar installation at a nearby academy.
Woodnewton Academy is a learning community located on the northern edge of Corby. It was opened as a primary school in 2006 and became an academy, part of the Woodnewton Academy Trust, in 2012. The facilities cater as a nursery, reception and run through to Year 6.
What was installed?
Harborough Energy oversaw the installation of 57kW solar panels, spread across four of the academy’s roofs. The Harborough Solar One project has enabled Woodnewton to feel the financial benefits of a solar panel installation with no upfront cost. Solar installations are on the rise in schools, academies and colleges across the UK so it’s important to ensure that all educational institutions have access to the benefits.
“We are delighted with the way the installation process has gone and are very pleased to be involved with this exciting project,” comments Ellen Wallace from Woodnewton Academy. “We hope that this acts as a catalyst for many more installations locally.”
Harborough Solar One benefits
Harborough Solar One aims to show how everyone can benefit from community-owned solar schemes: investors, building owners and the community alike. In this case, Woodnewton Academy will benefit from lower energy costs while community investors are set to receive an estimated 5% annual return on their investment.
Harborough Solar One has been organised by Harborough Energy with support from volunteers and Sustainable Harborough.
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