Two Ealing junior schools, Castlebar and Grange, are the first to benefit from a solar programme which is a joint venture between Ealing Transition, Ealing Council, and the Schools Energy Co-operative. Ealing Transition members have invested directly in the initiative, which offers schools cheaper electricity and reductions in carbon emissions. Over the 20-year life of the project, the two schools are expected to save about £40,000 and £20,000 respectively.
Ealing Transition initiated this project because we believe that the future of energy is clean, decentralised and generated where it is consumed. Generating our own power makes us more resilient, and also reduces our dependence on fossil fuels, which cause climate change. Also, London has a real problem with air quality, so clean energy is a great way to reduce this.
With changes to interest rates and the rapid reduction in the cost of renewables, we think local schemes like these can only become more attractive.