Edinburgh’s Telford College Goes Solar
- Published: Friday, 13 July 2012 09:47
Edinburgh’s Telford College is to fit up to 650 solar roof panels and introduce a range of other novel low carbon technologies to its main campus in the city’s West Granton Road in a phased programme which will generate enough energy to allow it to become self-sufficient in power and ensure the College is a UK role model for energy-efficient buildings.
The project will allow the college to significantly reduce its power bills and be able to sell surplus electricity to the National Grid, allowing it to reduce its reliance on government funding.
Present and future students, as well as architects, designer and engineers, will be able to gain unique ‘real environment’ training in renewable energy and in developing self-sufficient buildings.
The Solar Roof Project has been researched and developed in partnership with Heriot-Watt University and iPower and is headed by John Laing, the college’s Business Senior Manager (Construction and Renewables). Sundog Energy, the company behind the multi million pound solar roof at London’s King Cross Station, has been appointed to initiate the first phase, which will see the installation of the 50 solar panels in June.
Students, partners and visitors to the College will be able to view electricity being generated and saved through a display panel at reception showing instantaneous data.
Scotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: "I congratulate Edinburgh’s Telford College on the exemplary role it is playing in Scotland's green energy revolution, installing one of the biggest solar roof panels in Scotland, which will provide electricity for the college; as well as launching a renewable energy centre to help ensure we have the skilled workforce to allow Scotland’s burgeoning renewables sector to continue to grow."
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