Portsmouth City Council, in partnership with West Sussex Council, has received national recognition for the Solar Power for Schools Programme with an ADEPT President award win.

Serving as delivery partners for West Sussex Council, Portsmouth City Council's Energy Services team has project managed the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at more than 80 West Sussex schools ranging in size from 15 to 250 kilowatts.

The solar panels will enable schools to generate their own clean, renewable electricity and reduce their energy bills by £2,000 on average per year. They will also cut carbon emissions by 1,300 tonnes.

The Solar Power for Schools programme won the ‘Delivering Clean Growth’ category at the national ADEPT President’s awards having already received a commendation at the recent South East Region Energy Efficiency Awards.

ADEPT stands for the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport.

The Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Steve Pitt, said: "We are delighted that the West Sussex Solar Schools project has been recognised by ADEPT. The programme is truly ambitious in its scale and impact on the climate and the increasingly high energy bills paid by schools. The partnership between the two councils shows local authorities at their best; each bringing something valuable to the table to achieve great results."

In recent years to combat climate change and lower energy bills, Portsmouth City Council has invested heavily in energy services, specifically renewable generation and energy efficiency for homes and local organisations. Portsmouth schools, nurseries and community centres have all benefited from solar panel installations under investment schemes similar to the West Sussex project.

News of the completed installation comes shortly after the council was crowned 'Council of the Year' for Energy Efficiency at the 2019 South East Awards.

If you are a school in Portsmouth and would like to benefit from lower energy bills or want to do your bit to save carbon emissions, please contact Portsmouth City Council's Energy Services team on 023 9284 1947 or utilities@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

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