Cash for schools applauded
A leading renewables specialist has welcomed the government’s commitment to making all new school buildings zero carbon by 2016.
Schools secretary Ed Balls announced the move on 17 December, pledging £500,000 to a typical secondary school in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. Some 200 schools have been earmarked for the investment and the news was applauded by Firstlight Energy, one of the few solar thermal providers specialising in the commercial sector.
Managing Director Trefor Evans said: “This is great news. Schools are a prime example of public buildings that lend themselves perfectly to making use of renewable technologies. We have been in discussion with designers working on new-build school projects, but all too often budget restrictions limit investment in energy-saving technology, even when it can cut hot water bills by more than 50% . We even have very simple low cost technology that can reduce space heating costs by as much 25%. This new initiative will open up those opportunities to the benefit of everyone.
“Obviously the government’s announcement is a great business opportunity. However, it’s also a fantastic chance for the renewables sector to showcase exactly what it can deliver and, at the same time, educate children further about caring for the environment and making the best use of resources.”