Solar panels for Rhyl School as it seeks to reduce carbon emissions

A primary school in Rhyl is playing its part to help reduce carbon emissions.

Denbighshire County Council’s Property Section Energy Team has commissioned new equipment at Ysgol Llywelyn in Rhyl, which has had new solar panels fitted onto its roof.

Denbighshire County Council declared a Climate Change and Ecological Emergency in July 2019 and has since committed to becoming a Net Carbon Zero and Ecologically Positive Council by 2030. This includes reducing emissions from the building estate, which is responsible for over 60 percent of the Council’s direct carbon emissions.

The green project at Ysgol Llywelyn has seen a 20.25kW array of solar panels installed on the school roof, which will generate electricity for the school onsite using the sun’s energy.

This is estimated to reduce fuel bills by approximately 17,360kWh/yr. This equates to around 5,034kgCO2 or about 5 tonnes of carbon.

The solar panels were installed towards the end of May and are an integral part of helping to reduce carbon emissions.

The school has also had LED lighting installed, which reduces lighting electricity by around 70% as well as modifications to the heating controls to reduce gas consumption as part of further efforts to go greener.

Ysgol Christchurch, also in Rhyl has also recently had solar panels, LED lighting, a more efficient gas boiler and improved and lower carbon water heating installed.

Nathan Jones, Headteacher at Ysgol Llywelyn said:

“We are really fortunate that we have had both Solar Panels and LED lighting installed as part of DCCs carbon reduction plan.

“By using solar energy we have the ability to harness renewable energy, and also inspire pupils with a clear example of environmental responsibility, sharing the knowledge of renewable energy sources.

“The installation means reduced carbon emissions, lower energy costs, and an invaluable educational tool”.

Councillor Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said:

“We all have to play our part in helping to reduce our emissions and becoming greener, wherever we can.

“I am glad to see that the installation of these panels is helping to reduce both carbon and cost, and that we are adding solar panels to yet another school in Denbighshire”.