Edinburgh’s Telford College goes Solar!

by Sara Pernas

Edinburgh’s Telford College, a Scottish College at the forefront of developing training opportunities in the burgeoning renewables industry, is fitting up to 650 solar panels and introduce a range of other novel low carbon technologies on its West Granton Road main campus, which will generate enough energy to allow it to become self-sufficient in power and to showcase it as a UK role model for an energy – efficient building.

The project will mean the college can significantly reduce its power bills and will be able to sell surplus electricity to the National Grid, allowing it to reduce its reliance on government funding. At the same time, present and future students, as well as architects, designer and engineers, will also be able to gain unique ‘real environment’ training in renewable energy and in developing self-sufficient buildings.

It will provide us with a ground-breaking, living and breathing renewable energy model that will allow both students and teaching staff to upskill their learning in this field“, Miles Dibsdall, OBE, Principal of Edinburgh’s Telford College said.

The first phase of the solar roof – covering 333 sq/m – represents a £90,000 investment, but will save the college – which has currently around 17,000 students and 600 members of staff –  between £2076 and £3788 a year in electricity bills over the first ten years.

Edinburgh’s Telford College

Edinburgh’s Telford College

It is estimated that the college will make a profit – based on income from the Feed In Tariff and savings – of £378,000 over the 25 year life of the project. The project overall will break even in nine years. Learners, partners and visitors to the College will be able to view what electricity being generated and saved through a display panel at the reception which will display instantaneous data and daily and monthly totals.

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