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    solar panels on school roofs...

    amy schools implemented anything?

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    For what purpose?
    You will be hugging trees and wearing corduroy next!

    We are techies here, we were put on this earth to create a carbon footprint as big a Brazil and consume several rain forests to make our next iPad...

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    We have One Planet Computing talkign at the conf about this very thing

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    I support a few schools which have solar panels, they're solar-century branded, and there's a co-op logo somewhere there too... Were in before I started and I have nothing to do with them though

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    Got them at the school where I'm governor. Installed for free on an eco grant a couple of years ago. I'm not sure that grant's going any more though.

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    One of my schools has them, under the same scheme as elsigees, I suspect.

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    @kennysarmy:

    We looking at getting funding from various eco projects via our funding officer.

    If all goes well it will help offset some of our carbon usage on our ICT.

    We have already shaved around 10k per annum off our energy usage costs with various other projects around the school.

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    The primary school I attended did it years ago when I was a student and doing a "recycling" unit for class stuff, so that was about ~9 years ago.... (scary)

    Although AFAIK they wern't running for a while when I was there, no idea what ever happened with it.

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    Forget solar panels, what we need is playground equipment that generates power. There has to be a way of tapping into all that energy. Kid sized hamster wheels, that sort of thing.

    Schools could make a far bigger contribution towards energy conservation by turning things off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    Schools could make a far bigger contribution towards energy conservation by turning things off!
    And I told our Bursar so; quite bluntly. Hasn't stopped them going down the solar route. Planning application in for several buildings (many listed). What would have made a bigger, quicker difference, but without the razza-mataz or grants would have been the fitting of thermostats that actually work. My building of 20 labs, a lecture room, library and sundry other rooms has ONE thermostat, and no one knows where it is, or what it is set at. Consequently some rooms are cold and miserable, while others have the windows open all year to keep the heat down!
    Last edited by Andrew_C; 25th May 2011 at 07:45 AM. Reason: spling

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    Could be worse..you could have an intelligent building with ground source heating, aircon, a computerised building management system and the latest self actuating windows, and still have that.

    Not speaking from experience, honestly...*cough*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirbendy View Post
    Could be worse..you could have an intelligent building with ground source heating, aircon, a computerised building management system and the latest self actuating windows, and still have that.

    Not speaking from experience, honestly...*cough*
    We have some of those features in our Maths block. After the building was handed over to us the automated windows [open and close as environmental factors change] malfunctioned and opened the skylight windows in the atrium during a downpour. Result: Damp students and staff all round!

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    We need to grass more rooftops. It would create the perfect hiding place on a warm summer's day.

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    We have solar powered gates at our entrance, then our canteen has solar tubes which was funded from the eco grant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibbo View Post
    We need to grass more rooftops. It would create the perfect hiding place on a warm summer's day.
    We have a green roof and I've made sure the Wi-Fi reaches it ready for this summer (the whole week of it). We're an eco school, veg patch, self regulating windows and vents, recycled toilet water etc. No solar panels though. Don't think we get enough sun here, a wind turbine would be more beneficial here at the moment.

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