A leading UK school has embarked upon a major solar power project in an attempt to cease all need for electricity from the National Grid.

John Ferneley College, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, has worked with Myriad Solar PV, a Myriad CEG company and a designer, supplier and installer of turnkey solar PV systems, to provide the solution.

The 50kWp solar PV installed by Myriad Solar PV alongside an existing wind turbine and biomass boiler means that when the sun shines the school can teach its 1,000 pupils whilst being entirely self-sufficient in terms of its energy demands.

The college is now seeking planning permission for an additional 100kWp of solar capacity early next year.

Lee Baxter, General Manager of Leicestershire-based Myriad Solar PV, said: This is a great example of a college moving towards obtaining all its energy needs from renewable sources.

“During the recent sunny spell, the solar panels captured a terrific amount of energy which is turned into cheaper electricity, with the left over power transferred to the National Grid, Baxter continued.

“PV is extremely complimentary to a lot of other renewable technologies and this project highlights how it is flexible, risk free and low maintenance.”

College Principal, Mr. Chris Robinson, advises renewable energy and the solar panels provided a perfect solution.

“We want to lead best practice and this is a key part of our strategy to eventually reduce our energy bill to £0, said Robinson.

“The financial projections over the life span of the panels, boiler and turbine show that every year we are saving thousands of pounds which we can reinvest back into the pupils education. It also means we aren’t suffering from the sky high prices of fuel.”

Myriad Solar PV