Jenny Rathbone AM and Jo Stevens MP, who represent the Cardiff Central constituency, today visited Cardiff Muslim Primary School, to look at the work the school has done to massively reduce its energy bills.
The school won a UK wide competition run by British Gas in 2014. The excellence of the pupils’ ideas won the school a £100,000 grant for energy saving measures.
The energy saving measures installed by British Gas were unveiled to Jenny and Jo today by four of the school’s ECO ambassadors, one each from Classes three to six.
This morning all the electricity needs of the school were being met by the solar panels on the school’s roof. The LED lighting has halved the cost of keeping the lights on. The new boiler and a combination of double glazing and secondary glazing is going to massively reduce the heat loss during the winter.
The school won an energy makeover after entering the 2014 British Gas Generation Green Programme which asked pupils at primary schools across the UK to put forward their ideas for an eco-school of the future.
Cardiff Muslim School said:
“We are really happy to have been chosen out of 124 school across the UK. Generation Green has inspired the children to get involved and save energy in a fun way.”
Jenny Rathbone AM and Jo Stevens MP congratulated the school on their success who asked them some searching questions about the achievements of their school’s project.
Pupils are encouraged to take part and learn more about energy consumption with new interactive display screens, which demonstrates how much energy is being generated by the solar panels in real-time.
Jenny Rathbone AM said:
“The Cardiff Muslim School pupils are amazing ambassadors for the benefits of this project. The screen in the Main Hall gives them instant updates on how much energy the school is consuming and what it is costing them. They are so well informed about the challenges of climate change; I hope they will go and speak to other schools about what they have achieved and measures other schools could take. I want to solar panels on every school in Cardiff.”
The school is expected to reduce its gas use by more than 16% and electricity by 18%.
Abi Robins of British Gas commented:
“We’re thrilled the Cardiff Muslim School is powering ahead thanks to the Generation Green makeover. The school’s benefiting from a warmer building, which is cheaper and more efficient to run, with technology that helps generate their own electricity, too.
“I’m delighted the school’s transformation is also having a big impact on pupils and teachers, by showing them the benefits of energy-saving so they can be ‘green’ in their classroom and at home as well.”
Generation Green is part of British Gas’ ongoing programme to inspire curiosity in young people and help teach energy education in a fun and innovative way, while reducing energy consumption for schools across Britain. Since 2010, the British Gas Generation Green programme has invested £18m on installing energy-saving equipment for schools since 2010, helping to save an estimated 13,000 tonnes of CO2.
Jo Stevens MP said:
“The Green Generation Programme involves pupils, teachers, and families, with its free learning resources and educational experiences. Hopefully other school across Cardiff Central, and the UK as a whole, can reduce their energy consumption in this way”.