Wind turbine for Somerset school

A Somerset school has installed a wind turbine and taken steps to tackle its energy efficiency in the hopes of inspiring its students to become better stewards of the planet in the future.

Chew Valley Comprehensive School wanted to lower its carbon footprint while educating a future generation about the benefits of renewable energy.

Rather than opt for subtle-but-effective measures to cut its emissions, the school opted for its own wind turbine to make a visual statement at the same time as providing electricity.

Mark Mallett, the headteacher said: “The wind turbine has become both a physical and metaphorical landmark for the school.

“Visitors always comment on it. But much more important is what it symbolizes for our young people – that our resources are finite and the environment in jeopardy.

“Chew Valley pupils are learning how important it is that we reduce our carbon footprint.”

The school secured 25% grant funding under the Low Carbon Building Programme – funding available for all public sector buildings looking to reduce their emissions.

The school forecasts that the turbine will earn around £400 per year through ROCs which will be ploughed back into further environmental measures.

Sam Bond

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