Crypt school reducing carbon footprint
IS Crypt Grammar the most eco-friendly school in Gloucester?
The Podsmead school has 84 photovoltaic solar panels on its roof and a boiler harnessing the power of the sun, plus energy-saving LED lights lining its new driveway.
Bosses believe they are the only school in the city with solar panels, as they look to slash their energy bills.
Hazel Baldwin, business manager at the school, said: "It has been an ambition since I started at The Crypt to introduce alternative energy; slowly everyone is buying in.
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"Projects such as these require high investment and show no instant return. We are extremely grateful in having the opportunity to sign up to the Free Solar for Schools initiative."
The photovoltaic panels were installed in March this year under the Eco-Schools "Free Power for Schools" project and they have already generated 13,916kw, reducing the school's electricity cost by £1,392.
Achieving academy status in April 2011 has allowed the school to seek assisted Government funding towards the scheme.
"This year we were successful in receiving funds for our roof refurbishment," added Mrs Baldwin.
"The increased insulation will greatly improve the retention of heat in the building and halt the seepage of water we are currently encountering. This, together with the possibility of installing suspended ceilings and energy-efficient lighting in the classrooms, will reduce our carbon footprint for future years with the added benefit of reducing our energy bills. Last year, our electric costs were £31,000 and gas £19,500, so every little helps."
City Councillor Jennie Dallimore (C, Podsmead) said: "It is exciting Crypt School is leading the way and I hope other schools will take note and follow suit."