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CLIMATE EMERGENCY: Solar panels power up schools to save the planet

 Published on: 3rd December 2019   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

More than 500 solar panels have been installed at four more Harrow schools– cutting electricity bills and helping to save the planet.

Park High is now being powered by 160KWP of electricity, along with Shaftsbury High, Glebe and Kenmore Park – meaning 14 Harrow schools are now harnessing the sun’s energy.

This renewable initiative – part of Harrow’s Climate Emergency strategy – will help cut 77,000kg of CO2 emissions each year and fuels the plan to use more energy generation technologies across the borough.

Harrow Council Corporate Director, Paul Walker said: “Anything we do to help save the planet has got to be good news. The solar panels are effective and productive – and what better place to install them than a school to really educate the next generation.

“Harrow is committed to helping to save the planet and make the world a better place for our children.”

In July, the council passed a motion to declare a climate emergency – aiming to make Harrow carbon neutral by 2030. 

This will help us to deliver our strategic objectives in a more efficient way to ensure that all our actions are sustainable, and the wellbeing of Harrow residents and future generation is safeguarded.

The council has already taken significant steps to reduce carbon emissions in the borough, including:

  • The replacement of 90 per cent of its fleet of vehicles with fully electric and ‘ultra-low emission’ vehicles
  • Replacement of the inefficient street lighting with LED lamps
  • Installation of electric vehicle charging points at key sites
  • Upgrading several schools and council buildings lighting with LEDs
  • Plans to integrate renewable energy in the design of the Council’s new buildings and refurbishment. 

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