A SCHOOL is looking forwards to a brighter future with the installation of energy-saving solar panels.
Brockholes C of E Junior and Infant School is among 100 schools benefiting from the Co-operative Group’s £1m national Green Energy for Schools scheme.
The rooftop solar panels will generate renewable electricity, which will reduce the school’s reliance on fossil fuels while highlighting the issue of climate change.
A monitor screen in the school will display how much energy the panels are generating and how much carbon dioxide they save.
Schools will also be able to access their energy data on the internet, along with educational materials which teachers can download for use in the classroom.
Head teacher Gill Roberts said: “Schools have an important role to play in educating the next generation about climate change.
“By using this renewable energy technology to power our own premises we can inspire pupils, parents and staff to think about other ways we can help the environment.”
Steven Cooper, manager at the Co-op food store in Holmfirth, said: “As a community retailer with strong green credentials it is great that we are helping our local school.
“As well as cutting carbon dioxide emissions and saving the school money on electricity bills the solar panels will remind the whole community of the urgent need to tackle climate change.”
South Crosland Junior School at Netherton also received panels through the scheme.