Solar panels power up Harrow schools


MORE than 500 solar panels have been installed at four more schools in Harrow, meaning a total 14 schools in the Greater London town are now harnessing solar energy.

Shaftesbury High, Park High, Glebe and Kenmore Park schools are now being powered by 160KWP of electricity.

This renewable initiative, part of Harrow’s Climate Emergency strategy, will help cut 77,000kg of CO2 emissions each year and fuels the plan to use more energy generation technologies across the borough.

Paul Walker, Harrow Council Corporate Director, said: “Anything we do to help save the planet has got to be good news. The solar panels are effective and productive – and what better place to install them than a school to really educate the next generation.

“Harrow is committed to helping to save the planet and make the world a better place for our children.”

In July, the Council passed a motion to declare a Climate Emergency – aiming to make Harrow carbon neutral by 2030.

The Council has already taken significant steps to reduce carbon emissions in the borough, including:

  • the replacement of 90% of its fleet of vehicles with fully electric and ‘ultra-low emission’ vehicles
  • replacement of the inefficient street lighting with LEDs
  • installation of electric vehicle charging points at key sites
  • upgrading several schools and council buildings lighting with LEDs
  • plans to integrate renewable energy in the design of the Council’s new buildings and refurbishment