This £290,000 system, funded by West Oxford Community Renewables, is made up of 550 panels in four sections on the school’s main assembly hall and classrooms and on the school science block.
The electricity they generate will be sold to the school and to a local supermarket, which also includes solar panels, and profits made will be passed to climate change campaigners Low Carbon West Oxford to reinvest in future green initiatives. Any surplus energy the panels produce will be sold to the National Grid.
Together, with a little help from the feed-in tariff, both systems are expected to generate about £50,000 over 25 years for reinvestment in local green initiatives.
West Oxford Community Renewables received an £800,000 grant last year from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, which was used to fund the projects.