The primary school pupils of Balcombe are in for a surprise when they go back to school in September.
Not because their favourite teacher has left, but because their schools will be decked out with new solar panels!
Repower Balcombe are installing community-owned solar panels on two local schools this week: Balcombe primary school, in the heart of the village, and Turner’s Hill primary school, just down the road. They’ll be plugged in and producing clean electricity by the time the kids head back to class.
The installations were funded by over 50 local people investing in the project.
Balcombe primary school is getting 39 panels, and Turner’s Hill primary is getting 64. The panels will help the schools save on their energy bills - giving budgets a boost as well as cutting carbon and providing a fantastic educational tool for the pupils.
But that’s not the end of the story. Repower Balcombe are currently waiting to hear about a planning application to build a solar farm in nearby West Hoathly. If they’re successful, this plus the panels at the schools will produce enough power to match the electricity demand of the whole village, and the one next door!