Solar Schools Project Cornwall

ZLC Energy and Solar Schools

ZLC Energy is proud to announce the completion of a Solar PV installation for Millbrook Primary School funded using  the Solar School Scheme.

In October 2012 Millbrook CE of VA Primary School launched an ambitious target to raise £10,000 to install their very own Solar PV array. Over the following 8 months the school undertook many fundraising activities which included the head master running the London Marathon and a group of local parents cycling from Lands End to Millbrook! As a result of their hard work and determination the school reached their target and were well on their way to becoming a Solar School.

ZLC Energy were there from the very start at the launch of their project and were able to offer assistance each step of the way. ZLC Energy assisted the school in the entire project from planning to install and finally handover. In the early stages we began with carrying out structural checks on the school roof, carrying out a commercial Energy Performance Certificate, and ensuring all planning constraints had been properly checked.

After discussing the various options with ZLC Energy the school opted for a 4kWp Solar PV installation for their building. As it was a slate roof we ensured that the panels were all black to allow them to blend in with the roof. A specific slate roof fixing bracket was used to give the school piece of mind that their roof would not leak.

Health and Safety was of paramount importance and ZLC Energy ensured that the site was secured with safe access arranged for working on the roof. All work was carried out during school holidays to ensure no disruption to the school. Our team of engineers were on site for less than a week.

Millbrook School Solar PV Array

The result was a neat and tidy install with no disruption to the school. ZLC Energy also installed a public display to allow the school children and teachers to track how much energy the school is producing each day.

Due to the hard work and dedication of the school and all that helped to fundraise, the school can now reap the benefit of around £1,000 per annum and 2,300Kg of carbon saving per annum from their PV array. It also acts as a superb teaching aid to help to teach the children about renewable energy and climate change.

ZLC Energy also provided the school with some interesting solar facts which were laminated and left beside the public display to explain to the children what their fundraising had achieved.

To find out more about solar schools or installing a solar PV array yourself please contact us here

by Mark Smith