Manchester Matters – Parrs Wood High School solar power project
Parrs Wood High School now hosts almost 1,000 solar panels on its main roof – a system which will generate more than 200,000 kWh of power per year.
As well as producing enough electricity to keep a TV switched on for four million hours, the system will reduce the school’s energy bills, while making 119 tonnes of carbon savings annually.
The school will use the system, funded by Manchester City Council and installed by Forrest Energy, as a key teaching aid for science lessons and for helping sixth-form students to develop their business skills.
Headteacher Andy Shakos said: "Thanks to the work of our student CO2 efficiency team, the school is now much more efficient and ready for renewable sources of energy. Their work received recognition when the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change visited us to be briefed on how they achieved our current levels of energy efficiency and recycling.”
"We’re proud that the CO2 team has represented the school in meetings with the council, to help plan the details of the project, including ring-fencing savings for our most vulnerable students. Working with outside agencies is a great learning experience and we’re grateful to the council for whole-heartedly embracing our students' input.”
Year 13 student Karis, from the school's CO2 efficiency team, added: "The planning meetings with the council were interesting and have helped to stand me in good stead for applying for university, increasing my confidence and ability to think flexibly."
The project is part of Manchester: A Certain Future, the city’s climate change action plan, which launched in 2009 and aims to reduce the city’s carbon emissions by 41 per cent by 2020.
Executive Member for the Environment, Councillor Rosa Battle, said:
“As a city, it’s important that we do as much as we can to combat climate change by reducing our carbon emissions. This project not only helps to produce clean, cheap, renewable energy, but is also of huge educational benefit to the pupils of Parrs Wood High School.”