Dorset Studio School Goes Solar

Dorset Studio School Goes Solar

Published at 8:15am 21st September 2015.

Kingston Maurward Agricultural College has installed its second set of roof-top solar panels.

Kingston Maurward Agricultural College has installed its second set of roof-top solar panels.

The panels were fitted on the newly opened Dorset Studio School situated within the grounds of the college, by renewable energy company Futurum.

Over the system's 20-year lifetime it is estimated to generate over 1 million kWh of free electricity.

In turn, this is projected to save the the college in excess of £230,000.

Kingston Maurward will also be eligible for the government's solar panel funding scheme Feed in Tariff (FiT), which will provide them with another £200,000 over the same period.

Mark Blunden, Futurum's Sales and Marketting Manager, said: "Colleges and schools are big users of electricity, so having that on the school is going to reduce their electric bills and at times actually give them a subsidy back.

"The cost of electric is only going up and not down and once these are fixed on there they are getting the electric effectively at the price they paid for the panels."

The college now have 312 solar panels altogether, the other set installed on their state-of-the-art Animal Sciences Building in 2014.

Dorset Studio School opened on the site in September to provide environment and land-based sciences to students between the ages of 13 and 19.

The school is co-sponsored by Kingston Maurward College and Drochester's The Thomas Hardye School which specialises in sciences.