4 Mar 13

Shadow Secretary for Energy and Climate Change unveils green technology

A secondary comprehensive school in Stockton-on-Tees was joined by the Shadow Secretary for Energy and Climate Change, Caroline Flint MP, to officially open a new renewable energy project and start benefiting from low carbon energy.

Egglescliffe comprehensive secondary School, Urlay Nook Road, in Egglescliffe, received a £20,873 grant towards photovoltaic solar panels from the EDF Energy Green Fund, which supports renewable energy projects that help reduce greenhouse gases linked to global warming.

The school celebrated the completion of the project with the local community at a launch event on Friday 1 March, where Caroline Flint MP, Shadow Secretary for Energy and Climate Change and Tracey Forshaw, from EDF Energy, joined Alan Richardson, Assistant Headteacher, to officially unveil the project. The 80 solar panels are fitted to the roof of the school’s south-facing sports hall and are expected to reduce Egglescliffe’s carbon emissions by more than 10.2 tonnes per year.

Invited by and accompanied by Alex Cunningham, the local MP for Stockton North, Caroline Flint MP said: “Congratulations to everyone involved in this exciting project. It’s great to see Egglescliffe Primary School, supported by the EDF Energy Green Fund, making positive steps to save energy and reduce carbon emissions.”

Funding was also received from TATA Global Beverages, owner of Tetley Tea, and from SABIC in Teesside.

Alan Richardson, Assistant Headteacher at Egglescliffe School, said: “It is great that after all our hard work, and with the support of our sponsors, we now have working solar panels in place that we can show to the community and that the school can really benefit from. This project has been a great learning tool for the students to engage with explaining and understanding sustainability and why it is important to their futures. It is a statement of the how the school is making a contribution to making the world a more sustainable place so that future generations of students get the same access to energy that we do. ”

Tracey Forshaw, EDF Energy’s Customer Service Manager, said: “EDF Energy has been able to invest millions of pounds in small-scale renewable projects like the one at Egglescliffe Comprehensive School. It’s all part of our commitment to help build a low carbon future for Britain.”

Since the Green Fund was launched in 2001, EDF Energy has awarded more than £5 million to 305 renewable energy projects. More than £2 million has been given to 129 educational projects including schools, nurseries and colleges.

Tracey added: “EDF Energy Green Fund renewable projects operate up and down the country. As well as producing renewable energy, they are a fantastic way to educate communities – and particularly children – in the importance and benefits of low carbon.”

In all, ten projects have been awarded £127,490 in the latest EDF Energy Green Fund funding round.

EDF Energy offers awards of up to £30,000 to help schools, charities, local authorities, churches, water mills and other non-profit organisations to generate clean, green energy in their own community.