SE1 school to go solar-powered

An SE1 school will be one of the first in London to get the solar powered treatment as part of a new initiative launched by the Elephant Links Partnership.

The Solar Schools project is a flagship renewable energy scheme, which will be used as a pilot for the whole of London.

Notre Dame RC Secondary is one of four Southwark schools to pilot the scheme, which will kit the schools out with electricity meters for pupils to monitor.

The children will observe how much electricity is being produced at any one time and relate their findings to the changes in weather conditions.
The young scientists will also get the opportunity to take part in an exciting project to build their own solar powered vehicle, in addition to learning about the environmental benefits of solar power to the plant through lessons and school activities.

Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development Cllr. Stephen Lancashire said: "This is an extremely exciting project with great opportunities built in for the children.

"They will not only learn about the benefits that solar power can bring to the environment, they will also be able to put their creative talents to the test and build their own solar powered vehicle.

"If the programme goes on to become very successful then it will be rolled out to other London boroughs."

Elephant Links is a single regeneration project, for which Southwark Council is the accountable body. It is drawn from a cross section of stakeholders in the Elephant and Castle area.

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