College Generates Solar Power with Local Company30th May 2012
In partnership with local company Solarlex, Calderdale College is proving that you don’t need hours of sunshine to generate solar power.
A set of solar panels were recently installed on the roof of part of the College’s Francis Street site which in addition to the financial and environmental benefits has benefitted students too as John Eastwood, Programme Manager explained, “Working with Solarlex has allowed our learners the opportunity to gain experience of these new technologies. In the near future our learners will gain industry standard certification and be able to enter the marketplace and offer their customers the opportunity of an investment that will help with those energy bills for 20 years or more. Here at Calderdale College we understand that these trades will need to be skilled in more than the basics, so we have pride that our apprentices and learners will be industry ready; including the new sustainable technologies.
Solarlex are a local company who already have a connection with the college as both directors, Tony Waite and Chris Marsden are ex-students. Tony commented, “ Solarlex are extremely proud to continue our great relationship with Calderdale college, staff and students, We were ecstatic at being appointed to design, supply and install the 50kWp Solar PV system on the roof of the existing construction block. The bespoke system will not only generate a great amount of power for the college but also go some way to reducing the colleges carbon emissions over the coming years. Chris Marsden, continues “The system will be a great working model for students and staff to view as part of the renewables curriculum. SolarLex look forward to our continued partnership with the college and are always on hand for tech talks and any help we can be to both the staff and students of Calderdale College and Halifax as a whole”.
Even in foggy and cloudy conditions the solar panels provided 1 million watts of electricity in 1 week of use, that would power 5,800 office lights for one hour or enough energy to run an electric bathroom shower constantly for over 5 days. Just imagine the electricity they are generating now the days are even brighter!
Calderdale College has also recently submitted planning permission for a new building devoted to the teaching of renewable technologies adjacent to the £8m Inspire Centre which opened in September 2011. Extra Places Available for University courses at Calderdale College