It's solar, so good for college
A COLLEGE is seeing the benefits of solar power after saving £37,000 in six months.
Cornwall College enlisted R-ECO, the Renewable Energy Co-operative, to install three photovoltaic panel systems at its campuses in Saltash, Camborne and St Austell.
The 150 kilowatts of solar panels have reduced the college's overall carbon dioxide output and generated thousands in savings.
A saving of £11,500 has been made at Saltash as a result of 33,000kWh of electricity reducing carbon dioxide by 18,000kg.
Dave Linnell, principal of Cornwall College, said: "Sustainability is a key factor in the way we operate.
"The solar panel installations followed a successful initial trial at our Newquay campus which has been running since early 2011; it was only natural to roll this out to our other sites to increase the benefits and reduce our carbon footprint further."
As well as installing the systems, R-ECO has also supplied the college with three smaller systems for students to use in training as part of courses including the installation of solar photovoltaic panels short course and the renewable energy technologies foundation degree.
For more information about courses relating to sustainability and the environment at Cornwall College visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0845 22 32 567.