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School's sunshine booster.

A LEPTON school is going 'green', thanks to new solar panels.

Rowley Lane Junior, Infant and Nursery School is to have pounds 20,000 worth of solar panels installed on its roof.

It is one of 80 UK schools which have been selected to receive grants in the second phase of the Co-operative's Green Energy for Schools scheme.

The scheme has paid for half of the photovoltaic panels at the school, with the rest of the funding coming from the Government's Low Carbon Building Programme.

Rowley Lane was nominated for the solar panels grant by Margaret Walker, who is an administrative clerk at the Co-operative store in Holmfirth.

She said: "Installing solar panels at this local school is a great way of getting the Co-operative's climate change message across to the whole community, as well as cutting carbon dioxide emissions and saving the school money on electricity bills." Headteacher Carol Martin added: "We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and it is fantastic to be given the opportunity to generate our own renewable energy.

Schools have an important role to play in teaching the next generation about climate change." Since 2007, the Co-operative has spent pounds 1m on solar panels..
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 5, 2009
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