YOUNG people at a city secondary school are going green in a bid to become more sustainable.
As part on its ongoing environmental work Monkwearmouth School has had some solar panels fitted to the roof of the building and will be installing a display unit in the school so pupils can see how much electricity the panels are generating.
Hazel Davison, business manager at the Torver Crescent school in Seaburn, said the new panels cost about £30,000 to install and will be used as a learning tool for curricumlum work.
She said: “It is really exciting for us to have the panels. It is a big thing for Monkwearmouth to have this.
“This project will enable the school to generate up to 10kw hours of electricity to support the reduction of its carbon footprint and reduce its energy costs.
“We have also invested in a realtime display unit to enhance the teaching and learning for student activities in science and humanities subjects on sustainable energy projects. It now means the pupils will be able to collect and analyse data from our own solar panels.”
The school hopes to extend the solar panel system with further installations over the next two years.
Mrs Davison said the solar panels are the latest project the school has carried out as part of its work towards increased sustainability and being more environmentally friendly, which has included setting up an eco club, installing picnic benches and increasing the amount of recycling they do.
Over the last 18 months, the school, with support from Sunderland City Council, has achieved the Eco Schools Bronze Award and was also nominated as a finalist in some regional environmental awards.