Wessex Electrical installs ‘23 football fields’ of solar panels at Clayesmore School


Clayesmore School has now seen the completion of a large solar PV system installation by Shaftesbury’s Wessex Electrical. The firm installed 790 PV panels across the two roofs. The solar array will generate circa 150,349 kWh and provide a saving of approximately 64 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The savings are equivalent to planting & maintaining 11.85 hectares of woodland; that is nearly 23 football fields, or 5,000 car parking spaces!

Wessex Electricals Director, Ali Morgan, commented “We have worked with Clayesmore for
over three decades providing electrical, fire & security solutions and we are delighted to expand our existing remit to include renewable energy solutions. It is great to see the results of the teams’ hard work, the benefits provided to the school from the solar panel array and the contribution that this is making to their sustainability strategy.”

A spokesperson from Clayesmore school said “Clayesmore are always looking to improve their sustainability and will, when possible, strive to reduce our carbon footprint. Projects like installation of PV, Biomass and LED lighting will always be considered. In the last seven years, we have been able to install both a comprehensive biomass system to the site, and have two significant PV solar panel systems installed. One was in conjunction with a replacement roof to our Sports Centre in 2015, and the following year we installed a similar system to our new Senior Design & Technology extension.

Both of these systems have helped us meet our Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) requirements which we assess every 4 years, and also generate power which we can use internally and also export externally back to the grid. Wessex supported us right from the concept design phase through to completion of the project, and onwards in technical and maintenance support.


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