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Kings Langley community energy group's project at Rudolf Steiner School gets underway
Work to fix more than 180 solar panels to the roof of a Kings Langley school is nearing completion.
The first solar panel project run by a Kings Langley community energy group was granted planning permission earlier this month and the work is set to finish early this week.
Grand Union Community Energy Ltd (GUCE) is a community benefit society which was formed earlier this year with the aim of "promoting reductions in carbon emissions and the sustainable use of energy".
John Ingleby, secretary, said: "Our first project at the Rudolf Steiner School is nearing completion, and you can see the panels already installed on one of the school buildings. When complete there will be three separate sets of panels on different roofs."
The panels will generate 40 mega watts of electricity, which works out as around 20 per cent of the school’s annual consumption.
GUCE has raised £72,000 through investments from the local community, which will be repaid over 20 years using income generated from the panels.
Mr Ingleby said: "We are very grateful for the tremendous support received from the local community, which is enabling us to complete the project during the last two weeks of the school holiday."
He added: "We are also pleased to have received a "Dacorum's Den" award from Dacorum Borough Council, which we will use to prepare a "Toolkit" so that other local groups embarking on similar projects may benefit from our experience.
"Hopefully other groups will be able avoid some of the pitfalls and complexities we encountered over the last nine months working on this project."
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