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Lichfield and Burntwood schools to benefit from solar energy project

A new project is aiming to put solar panels on schools in Lichfield and Burntwood.

The Staffordshire Sunny Schools initiative will be funded by a community share issue which will allow local people to benefit, as well as seeing schools enjoy a supply of free electricity.

The three projects in Lichfield will be at The Friary, Willows Primary and Greysbrooke Primary. Meanwhile, Hollygrove Primary, Chase Terrace Technology College and Erasmus Darwin Academy will benefit in Burntwood.

Ben Adams

Ben Adams

Staffordshire County Councillor, Ben Adams, said: “We’ve been working hard over the last few years to help reduce energy costs across all Council services including schools.

“This project will see the schools benefit from free, environmentally-friendly electricity, allowing them to invest their funds in other areas that will help enhance the education for pupils.

“Cutting back on energy usage is not only great news for our schools but also for our council tax paying residents as we continue to reduce energy bills and cut our CO2 emissions.”

The project is the brain child of Gen Community, which aims to raise £880,000 through this solar share offer.

The subscription list for the share offer will be open until February 24, 2014. There will also be a series of road shows to promote the initiative. The first meeting is at 7.30pm on January 8, 2014 at Wade Street Church Hall in Lichfield.

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