7 Dec 12

West Sussex school goes green thanks to EDF Energy

A primary school near Chichester has officially switched on its renewable energy project and started benefiting from more efficient heating thanks to EDF Energy.

The £29,989 EDF Energy Green Fund grant has helped pay for a biomass wood pellet boiler scheme at Eastergate Primary School in Eastergate.

On Friday (30 November) Judith Holland, headteacher of Eastergate Primary School, and the pupils showed EDF Energy’s South East Community Investment Specialist Charlotte Mitchell around the new boiler room to view the project in action and show how the grant has been invested.

Judith said: “We are so proud that our renewable energy project is finished and that we can start benefiting from our energy efficient boiler system, especially during the winter months. It was really nice to be able to show our project in action to EDF Energy and demonstrate how beneficial their grant has been to make this low carbon system a reality.

“The benefit of this project is saving money but the pupils also gain a real understanding of how everyone can do their bit and get involved in reducing the impact on the environment.”

The biomass boiler uses locally-sourced wood pellets providing more efficient heating to the school and reducing carbon emissions by an estimated 18 tonnes a year. Funding towards the project has also been secured from the Community Sustainable Energy Programme and a loan from West Sussex County Council.

Charlotte Mitchell, EDF Energy’s Community Investment Specialist, said: “I was delighted to be able to meet staff and pupils at Eastergate Primary School and view the project to see how much effort they have put into making it a success. EDF Energy has invested millions of pounds in small-scale renewable projects as part of our commitment to creating low carbon solutions.

“As well as producing renewable energy, EDF Energy Green Fund projects are a fantastic way to educate communities in the importance and benefits of low carbon.”

Eastergate Primary School is already implementing a range of sustainable habits as one of more than 16,000 schools that are part of The Pod, EDF Energy’s online programme for greener schools, which is estimated to have engaged over seven million young people in sustainability issues.

The EDF Energy Green Fund supports renewable energy projects which produce power from the sun, wind, water and geothermal sources that reduce greenhouse gases linked to global warming.

Since the Green Fund was launched in 2001, EDF Energy has awarded more than £5 million to 295 renewable energy projects in the UK. More than £2 million has been given to 127 educational projects – including those in schools, nurseries and colleges.

In all, thirteen projects have been awarded £234,316 in the latest EDF Energy Green Fund funding round.