Schools all set to be suntraps

Solar panels have been installed at 23 North Lanarkshire schools so far.
Solar panels have been installed at 23 North Lanarkshire schools so far.

Schools are known for producing bright sparks but thanks to solar power, North Lanarkshire Council is now generating electricity at local schools.

Solar panels are being installed in more than a third of primary and secondaries and will help the council to produce renewable green energy and generate savings at local schools.

The Photo Voltaic (PV) panels are being installed on the roofs of more than a third of schools across the authority. The council will then sell electricity to the National Grid.

Currently 23 schools are fitted with the panels, bringing in around £25,000 of income to date.

The income generated will be deducted from the schools’ electricity bills and it is estimated will save around 92 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.

Councillor Jim Logue, convener of Learning and Leisure Services, said: “The solar panels will help the council cut its carbon footprint, reduce electricity bills and highlight our commitment to using renewable technologies.

“Over the next 20 to 25 years, the solar panels will provide an estimated income of around £542,000 for the council and we will continue to look into other environmentally friendly schemes for energy generation at other suitable sites.”

Plans for panels to be fitted in up to another 60 schools sites are currently being finalised.