Assistant headteacher Oliver Forster and Henry Exton with Friary School students Alice Arnstein and Emily Townsend, and Kate Sadler from Southern Staffordshire Community Energy in front of the new solar panels

Work to fit solar panels to schools across Staffordshire will be showcased at a roadshow in Lichfield.

A community share issue is funding the project which is being organised by GEN Community and Southern Staffordshire Community Energy (SSCE).

Assistant headteacher Oliver Forster and Henry Exton with Friary School students Alice Arnstein and Emily Townsend, and Kate Sadler from Southern Staffordshire Community Energy in front of the new solar panels

The Friary School – one of those to benefit from the new panels – will host the road show on Monday (April 7) at 6pm.

Henry Exton, business manager at the school, said: “We are delighted to be part of the Sunny Schools’ initiative.

“Fitted several months ago, our school’s solar panels are already making a real difference to reducing the energy we have to buy. To date we have generated nearly 7,000 units of electricity, most of which will have been used on site, meaning that we will save around £5,000 a year.

“This is a significant sum even for a large school like ours. Important as the financial savings are, it is just as important that we are reducing our carbon dioxide emissions and helping pupils to understand the potential of renewable energy as part of their educational experience.”

Gen Community has now raised more than £400,000 of the £1 million target to fund the complete project for all 25 schools.

Other schools in Lichfield and Burntwood set to benefit – provided the full sum is raised – include The Willows Primary, Erasmus Darwin Academy and Chase Terrace Technology College.

Gen Community is aiming to raise £880,000 through this solar share offer.

A spokesperson said: “The projected rate of return to shareholders is five per cent interest for the first three years and six per cent with expected full return of capital at the end of the project.

“In addition tax relief of 30 per cent will be available to investors who are taxpayers.”

The share offer document can be downloaded from the Gen Community website and is open until April 30.