Long Sutton Primary School in Lincolnshire now features a 9.66kW solar system, which was installed by Lark Energy. Local company Eco Building Products supplied the photovoltaic panels for the system, which is situated on the roof of the building.

In total 42 Hyundai 230W polycrystalline modules have been utilized for the project, which are expected to reduce the school’s electricity bills by a substantial amount both through the use of renewable energy as well as the UK’s feed-in tariff scheme. The school’s governing body is re-investing the money generated from the FiT in further energy-efficiency projects at the school.

This installation is just the first part of Long Sutton’s ambition to achieve the Bronze award in the Eco Schools scheme, which the school is currently working towards. The long-term vision is to reduce energy consumption, carbon emissions and energy costs while engaging the pupils and staff with sustainability activities.

Lark Energy oversaw the planning and installation of the project, working closely with local group partners including MCS accredited installers FE Peacock and Cawood Electrical.

School bursar Mark Lunn said, “Long Sutton Primary is a friendly, exciting school to learn in. We pride ourselves on making education stimulating, meaningful and fun and wholeheartedly believe in teaching our children the value and importance of how to look after our environment.

“The school is already part of the Healthy Schools scheme and grows all sorts of fruit and vegetables thanks to the children’s gardening club and their rapidly expanding vegetable patch. We have teaching staff that are passionate both about the teaching as well as the eco-direction the school is taking. The next phase is to involve the children in developing ideas for energy saving, waste reduction and sustainability. Exciting times lie ahead.”

Ian Greenfield at Eco Building Products said, “This project was a pleasure to work on as it will benefit the school for years to come.

“The school will benefit from the feed-in tariff which will see significant reductions in fuel bills. Eco Building Products hopes to work on many similar projects in the near future.”