Action Renewables has donated £15,000 to schools across Northern Ireland, including Drumhillery Primary School in County Armagh, to fund repair work on photovoltaic (PV) systems.
PV systems, a renewable energy technology used to transfer energy from the sun into electricity, more commonly known as solar panels, have been installed in a number of Education Authority (EA) schools.
It’s estimated that the post-repair renewable technologies will generate a total return of £85,000 for the schools involved in the first year alone, via Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs). ROCs are certificates issued as part of the Renewables Obligation Scheme, introduced in Northern Ireland in 2005 to encourage the generation of renewable electricity.
In collaboration with the EA, Action Renewables identified the schools that required PV repairs, and since the beginning of this year, the company has been working to reinstate 36 PV systems.
Commenting on the initiative, Terry Waugh, Chief Executive Officer of Action Renewables said: “Schools in Northern Ireland are currently under immense financial strain and given that, we are delighted to be able to provide funding towards PV systems repairs.
“The use of PV systems will provide a reliable energy source for schools, in turn enabling them to become more self-sufficient whilst improving the environment, which is one of our main aims as an organisation.
“Over the course of the year, we have been repairing 36 PV systems in local schools and because of ROCs, these schools are set to see a great amount of return in terms of finance which will hopefully go a long way to helping the schools fund essential activities.”
Robert McCreery, EA commented: “PV systems have been installed on many schools over recent years as they benefit directly from the energy produced together with accruing ROC payments. This funding goes directly to the classroom through the school’s delegated budget.
“The EA wish to express sincere thanks to Action Renewables for their generous support in the maintenance of a number of failed systems, ensuring that 36 individual systems will be returned to full and effective operation.”
Mr Campbell, Principal of Drumhillary Primary School added: “We’re so pleased to be one of the schools from across Northern Ireland that benefitted from funding and repair work kindly provided by Action Renewables. The repairing of our school’s PV system will go some way to helping the school financially and our pupils now have an excellent working example of renewable energy technology for discussion.
“This assistance from Action Renewables is invaluable to everyone involved in our school’s community and I would like to sincerely thank the company for doing this.”