Education

Two more Swansea schools take climate action and get solar fitted

Egni Co-op has announced that solar panels have been installed on two more schools in Swansea, Pentrechwyth and Cwm Glas Primaries.

More than half a megawatt of rooftop solar has now been installed on twelve Swansea schools which includes Pentrehafod, Gowerton, Morriston, Cefn Hengoed, Penyrheol and Pontardulais Comprehensives. Primary school solar sites include Sea View, Clwyd. Glyncollen and Portmead.

Egni has also established an ambitious education programme in partnership with EnergySparks and the STEM Ambassadors programme. The EnergySparks portal draws on actual electricity and gas consumption data, as well as solar generation, and enables pupils and staff to make energy improvements, which they can then look to measure in the data.

Solar installers, Ice solar connecting the panels on Cwm Glas Primary School (Image: Egni Coop)

Rosie Gillam, Egni’s co-director said “It shows what can be achieved through co-operative action. We now have 88 sites across Wales and they save about £108k/year on their electricity costs – and prevent the emission of over 1,000 tonnes of CO2. Swansea pupils and staff have been so supportive and enthusiastic in helping to make these projects happen during a difficult time.

“We’ve also had an amazing response to our co-op Share Offer which has helped fund these installs. We’ve nearly reached our £4m target. We’d like to encourage as many people across the UK to join us and help tackle climate change through the sun’s power. Individuals, community groups and companies can invest from as little as £50.  For information, visit www.egni.coop.”

Andrea Lewis, Swansea Council’s joint deputy leader and cabinet member for homes, energy and service transformation, said: “We are delighted with this increase in clean green power at our schools in Swansea.  

“The council has just published its Charter on Climate Action as a visible public reminder that we aim to become net zero carbon by 2030 – and aim to make the city net zero by 2050. I thank everyone involved for moving rapidly to take action in response to our climate emergency declaration.”

Cwm Glas Primary School (Image: Egni Coop)

Jen Rayner, Swansea Council’s cabinet member for education improvement, learning and skills said: “The cost of these solar installations was funded by Egni Co-op and all surpluses will be spent on education projects so it’s a very good partnership approach for the council.

“The council is determined to take a lead on tackling the climate crisis and by working with Egni Co-op, we want to increase in the amount of renewable energy installed on our buildings.”

Lead image: Pentrechwyth Primary School (Image: Egni Coop)


Leave a Reply