Stow-based Freewatt Renewable Energy has installed more than 500 solar panels at Winchester College.

Freewatt compiled an in-depth report on the energy use of the entire school’s estate before establishing suitable installetion sites across the school's historic campus.

The first half of the project included fitting panels on some of the 14th century school’s Grade II listed classrooms.

The company are now installing a 65kWp of panels on the PE centre and support facilities buildings.

Once the project is completed, it is expected to generate 103MWh of clean electricity per year – enough to power 35 UK homes.

Freewatt Ltd managing director Julian Patrick said: “It’s great to see such an historic college as Winchester invest in the latest green technology.

“It is both exciting and rewarding to work in such surroundings and hopefully our project will be yet another landmark in the long tradition the College has of developing and growing.

“It is also another reminder that solar energy is a sound investment and a viable, sustainable and clean way to provide power for decades to come.”

Works Bursar at Winchester, John Wells, said: “Winchester College has a long and distinguished heritage but is always looking forward. It is important for the future of The College to harness new and reliable technologies and we are pleased to have invested in solar panels.

“Given the historic importance and setting of many of our buildings we had to ensure we worked with the right company. Freewatt provided us with a very professional service and we are delighted in the way the project has been completed.”