As part of our exciting partnership with Futura Learning Partnership we have installed our biggest rooftop solar installation to date at Sir Bernard Lovell Academy in Oldland Common, South Gloucestershire.

The 277.6 kWp system will see an impressive reduction in the school’s carbon emissions by approximately 113 tonnes per year and will generate electricity equivalent to charging an electric car to drive three times around the equator.

This is good news for the environment and for the Futura community, who are concerned about the climate crisis.

Futura Learning Partnership, a trust of 27 schools, is taking a proactive stance on climate and sustainability matters through its partnership with Bath & West Community Energy.

BWCE has installed solar panels on the school roof at no direct cost to Futura, enabling the trust to benefit from the use of lower-cost clean electricity generated by the sun for the next 25 years.

This is a win-win for Futura, reducing carbon emissions and making substantial savings on their electricity bills. Not only does this support the trust’s initiatives to reduce its climate impact, but it also allows it to divert cost savings towards resources that inspire and enrich young people.

“Working in partnership with Bath & West Community Energy has provided many benefits to our Trust. The solar panels will make significant cost savings, which will be used to enhance the education we provide to our learners. They also help us fulfil our commitment to taking every possible step to support environmental sustainability.”

Andrea Arlidge, Chief Executive, Futura Learning Partnership

Further rooftop solar installations on schools and other buildings are planned for this year. Our current community share offer is seeking to raise £800,000 by July to fund these. If you are able to support our practical local climate action through investing and becoming a member of BWCE please check out our invest page.

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