Cobham Hall, the original home of The Ashes, has installed a 50kWp solar system on its roof.

The independent boarding and day school for girls is now able to reduce its annual energy bills as well as its carbon footprint. In fact the system, which was installed by Dartford-based Enevis, will provide the school with annual savings in excess of £3,400 and CO2 savings of 25.8 tonnes per year.

Paul Mitchell, Headmaster at Cobham Hall, said: “As a member of the RoundSquare worldwide association of schools we take our impact on the environment very seriously.

“This is why we took steps to reduce our carbon footprint and are embracing new technologies as much as possible, by installing the biggest solar PV system that we could while protecting the Grade I listed building. We are also interested in investing in alternative energy solutions, such as a biomass burner.”

Gary Mayatt, Managing Director of Enevis, said: “We were delighted to install the solar PV system at Cobham Hall as we are passionate about teaching the next generation about the benefits of renewable energy.

“The equipment will provide annual energy savings in excess of £3,400 while also lowering the school’s carbon footprint. A complementary biomass system will only further increase these green and cost-saving margins.

“At a time when schools are being asked to increase standards on ever-tightening budgets, renewable energy technologies can help lower electricity and heating bills while also helping protect the environment.”