Renewable Energy - Schools
Every school has the potential to generate its own renewable
energy. as most schools have a large roof, solar PV is normally a
good option. There are, however, alternatives, such as wind
turbines, or for heat generation, biomass boilers or air/ground
source heat pumps. To find out about the
technologies visit the Energy
Saving Trust's website.
The main benefits of installing Solar Photovoltaic panels
- Reduced electricity bills - schools can make significant
savings on their electricity bills as solar panels can generate
electricity for 25 years or more.
- Revenue generation - Solar PV will generate a steady income for
schools over a 20 year period. Most PV systems achieve a full
payback of between 10-12 yearsand will generate revenue streams for
another 8-10 years,
- Reducing CO2 emissions - installing Solar PV
will reduce the school's greenhouse gas emissions creating
significant CO2 savings over the lifespan of a
- Education and engagement - being able to communicate to the
pupils the benefits of sustainability through a working
example of renewable technology in their own school will provide
more direct engagement and can be used to help to inspire the wider
community to take action to reduce carbon emissions.
DECC has produced a guide for
schools, which details the above benefits, a checklist of
essential factors for schools to consider and links
to further information and advice on sources of finance and
The Feed-in Tariff
Tariff (FIT) allows schools (and householders
and businesses) to receive a fixed rate for the electricity
generated (called the Generation tariff), along with any unused
electricity exported back to the grid (called the Export tariff),
as well as savings on their electricity bill from the generation
they use on site.
Is my system eligible
for the Feed-in Tariff?
Anyone who installs a qualifying renewable electricity system,
without the use of a grant from public funds, is eligible to
claim Feed-In Tariffs. For 'microgeneration' - systems below 50kW,
the major equipment needs to be certified by
Certification Scheme (MCS) and needs to be installed
by a company accredited under the MCS.
How do I register
for the FIT?
Bedford Borough Council
can provide information and advice on how to apply for the FIT.
Does my school need planning permission for Solar PV
In many cases installing solar panels on non-domestic land is
likely to be considered 'permitted development' with no need to
apply to the council for planning permission. There are, however,
important limits and conditions which must be met to benefit from
the permitted development rights. Visit the Department for
Communities and Local Government's
Planning Portal to find out more. You can also visit
Planning section on the Council's website or call 01234
I am considering renting out our roof space. What
should I do?
Advice on what you should consider if you are approached by a
company offering you a 'rent a roof space' solar PV scheme.