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Solar Panels Installed at University of Worcester

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Solar photovoltaic panels have been installed at the University of Worcester’s St John’s Campus to help reduce the University’s carbon footprint.

Herefordshire-based Caplor Energy carried out the work to install an initial 50kWp solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the Woodbury Building. It is anticipated that the University will generate nearly 40,000 units of electricity and save over 20 tonnes of CO2 each year from the solar panels.

Katy Boom, Director of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Worcester said: “The University has a long-standing commitment to act in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner and has made great progress in reducing its carbon footprint as part of this. The introduction of solar panels will make a significant impact to reducing our reliance on grid electricity. What’s more it’s going to be great for all students and staff to be able to monitor the amount of free electricity we are generating from our website.”

In 2010, the University of Worcester became the first university in the UK to achieve an Eco Campus Platinum award across the whole campus, and in 2011 was ranked third out of 133 institutions in the People and Planet’s Green League.

Jamie Baldwin, Business Development Manager at Caplor Energy said: “We’re delighted to be working with the University on this venture. Using solar PV generated electricity at University campuses can be really effective. Most universities have large roof spaces ideal for solar energy technologies and will almost always use all the electricity generated onsite thus maximising the energy and carbon savings.”

Under the Government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme, the University will not only make savings on its electricity bill, but will also receive regular payments over a 25-year period based on the electricity generated from the PV system.