School to save £200,000 on energy thanks to solar power

Castle View Enterprise Academy pupils in front of the sports hall and its solar power roof, with (front left) Mark Dunville, Technical Director with ARPower, Lee Anderson (white shirt), Castle View's Interim Business Manager, (on his left) Maria Pittiglio, ARPower's Finance Director, Castle View teacher Emma Lincoln, and (front right) ARPower's Steve Hayles and Jonathan Walker.
Castle View Enterprise Academy pupils in front of the sports hall and its solar power roof, with (front left) Mark Dunville, Technical Director with ARPower, Lee Anderson (white shirt), Castle View's Interim Business Manager, (on his left) Maria Pittiglio, ARPower's Finance Director, Castle View teacher Emma Lincoln, and (front right) ARPower's Steve Hayles and Jonathan Walker.
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A South Tyneside firm is helping a school save almost £200,000 on its energy bills over the next two decades.

Castle View Enterprise Academy, in Sunderland, has installed 137 solar panels on to its sports hall roof.

The work was carried out by renewables company Advanced Renewable Power (ARPower), which is based at One Trinity Green in South Shields.

It will generate estimated Feed-in Tariff (FITs) payments and savings of £182,000 over the next 20 years. The installation of the solar panels has meant that the swimming pool will remain open for educational and community use.

Mark Dunville, technical director of ARPower, said: “This project demonstrates how solar power can make a real difference in different environments and to people’s lives every day.

“The fitness centre will benefit through combined earnings and savings, with the project paying for itself in only six years. And it’s great that both the pupils and the community will gain by money being ploughed back into the upkeep and maintenance of the facilities. And of course there are environment benefits too.

“The visibility of the panels is clear evidence of the school’s commitment to going ‘green’, but it is also good that the children can see the display which shows them how much solar energy is being generated.”

Janet Bridges, principal of Castle View Enterprise Academy, said: “We are very grateful to ARPower for doing a first-class job.