ENERGY company E.ON has given a £15,000 grant under its SOURCE community initiative to Langley Primary School towards the cost of installing a wind turbine.
And former pupil Lisa Smith, who now works for E.ON, returned there to present the cheque to the school for the 5kW machine.
As well as generating electricity, the school wants to use the turbine as a tool for teaching about renewable sources of energy and their role in reducing people’s carbon footprints.
“I was so chuffed to go back to my old school to give them the money for the project,” said Lisa.
“It’s brilliant that we’re not only helping the school to become more energy efficient, it’s also a great educational opportunity for the children.”
The school’s Eco-Club came up with idea of installing a wind turbine and pupils will monitor its output using data display equipment being put in at the same time.
Eco-Club pupil members Hajrah and Seema said: “All of us are really excited about getting the wind turbine because it’ll help the environment and help the school save both energy and money from our electricity bills which can be used elsewhere.
“It’s also fantastic because we’ll be the first school in Solihull to get one.”
E.ON, one of the UK’s leading green electricity generators, launched its SOURCE fund in 2007 to help with the costs of sustainable energy projects for community buildings. Grants are still available and more details can be found at www.eon-uk.com/source.