Solar in Schools
This Assembly congratulates the winner of the Friends of the Earth ‘Run on Sun’ competition, Stoneydown Park primary school in Walthamstow, and the runner up, Dulwich Wood Primary school in Southwark. But we regret that more schools aren’t benefitting from solar PV, and note that of the 200 London schools that have been retrofitted through the Mayor’s RE:FIT programme or that are in the pipeline for works, not a single school has or is planning to fit solar PV.
We note that the government estimate that a typical school could accommodate a 25 kWp system generating an income of around £3,435 per year, with a payback period of 10-12 years and a further 8-10 years of revenue.
This Assembly notes that the Mayor’s Final Draft Consolidated Budget for 2015-16 lacks any specific work streams to help schools in London install solar PV and asks that the Mayor of London investigates further funding streams that may be used to accelerate delivery.
This Assembly therefore calls on the Mayor to strongly consider using some money in the 2015-16 budget to support schools installing solar PV panels.