Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Redland Green School goes even Greener and Celebrates Student Success

Redland Green has become the first secondary school in Bristol to install solar PV modules on its roof in the first stage of its plans to become more sustainable.

Headteacher, Ms Baker, Leader of the council, Barbara Janke, Year 12 student, Dan, the RGS Eco-Committe, and Amy Robinson, Low Carbon South West.

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The 208 solar panels were paid for by the council as part of its Solar Schools Programme. The panels will provide around 45,000 kWh a year – around 5% of the school’s annual consumption – and save an estimated 25 tonnes of CO2, making this the biggest installation the council is likely to put up.

Mike Farmer, Redland Green’s Director of Finance and Administration, said: “We’re thrilled with the new panels. Since they were installed they have already generated over 1,000Kwh of electricity and the students are all commenting on them. As well as generating energy and saving us money, we want them to be a talking point, to help staff and students think more about how we can make the school more sustainable. This is just the first part of the journey for us – we are working with the council’s schools energy team to look at other steps we can take to make us even greener.”

Leader of the council, Cllr Barbara Janke, said: “We had an ambitious solar school programme, with 34 schools signed up to it due to get their panels in the coming months. Obviously, with the current situation on the change to Feed-In-Tariffs, this inevitably has an impact that we are still working out on a number of these installations. However, putting that aside, we are extremely pleased to see the panels installed at Redland Green school and it is wonderful to see their enthusiasm for wanting to work with us to become a sustainability school champion. They set an example to many other secondary schools and we are looking forward to seeing what other improvements we can make with them to help save further energy and money.”

The school is also celebrating another sustainability success, in the name of Year 12 student, Dan. Dan, who is studying Biology, PE, Economics and English Language at A-Level, has just been selected as one of only 12 students in the whole country to attend the international Planet Under Pressure conference in London next March.

 

Dan says: “We were given an application form to apply for the conference in our Biology lesson, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to be part of something that can actually make a difference. There are high-up decision makers coming to the conference from all over the world, so it’ll be really interesting to get to meet them and hear what they have to say about what we are going to do to protect our planet.”

Dan’s application asked him what he thought the main issue the delegates need to address is. His response was “the pressure that we are putting on the planet due to our consumption of resources”. He added “I want to be able to drive a car in the future so I want to know what they are planning in terms of looking for new energy sources”.

Dan and his fellow 11 students will get to participate in the opening ceremony of the conference on 26 March with a ten-minute speech to the guests giving the point of view of young people in the UK. They will raise a number of points and pose questions to the delegates who will respond to these on the last day.

Mike Farmer says: “We are all really proud of Dan, he’s done brilliantly to get selected for this conference.  This is a great achievement and I think the conference will prove a real inspiration to him. In addition, Redland Green School is also proud to announce that we have just started our Eco-School journey! We have just formed our student Eco-Committee, made up of four Year 12 students: Molly; Harry; Ella and Sophie. Our ADT teacher Ms Street will be leading the committee, helping the students deliver the Eco-Action plan and work towards the Eco-Schools Awards! This is a very exciting award programme that will guide us on our sustainability journey and provide a framework to embed sustainability into the heart of life at Redland Green.”