Vicarage powers up with new solar panel system

Staff and pupils from Vicarage Primary School were joined by the team from Bacs Payment Schemes Limited (Bacs) Friday (18), to celebrate their donation of a new solar panel system to the school.

The system, which has a lifespan of 25 years, will deliver energy savings of around £560 per year, meaning that the school will benefit now and well into the future.

To mark the occasion, pupils gathered for a special assembly, during which Bacs’s CEO, Michael Chambers, explained how the donation of the 4kW solar panel system forms part of the company’s carbon offsetting programme, helping to mitigate the effects of green-house gases.

Bacs – the organisation behind Direct Debit in the UK – has been offsetting their carbon emissions since 2012. Working with Carbon Footprint Ltd – a leading provider of sustainability services – previous projects have included tree planting at schools across the UK – including at Vicarage School in the spring this year. 

Vicarage Primary School’s acting deputy head teacher, Farzana Hussain, said: “We are thrilled to receive the new solar panel system from Bacs – as well as being a great help to reduce our electricity costs at the school by around £560 per year, the fact that the system produces sustainable energy is important to us and the education of the children.

It was great for the pupils to hear more about the system and we look forward to updating the team at Bacs over the coming months as we start to see the benefits.”  

Bacs’s CEO, Michael Chambers, said: “Having visited Vicarage School earlier this year to help with tree planting, it was great to be back to celebrate the new solar panel system”.

Not only will the system help to reduce energy costs for the school, but it will also inspire new and exciting projects for the students, as they find out more about how the solar panels work and how they can help reduce costs.

Bacs is committed to mitigating our impact on the environment and our partnership with Carbon Footprint is an important part of this. Being able to see the tangible results of this work first-hand highlights the positive impact it is having.