Among the highest driven sectors for commercial solar has been the education sector, which has also been driven by a 90 per cent shift in students now concerned about climate change and wondering how to reduce carbon emissions.
This has led to a drive by educational authorities to listen to their students, and young people in general, about their concerns and anxieties towards climate change and destabilizing environments that affect their longer lifetimes.
With the UK committed to reaching their plan of zero net emissions by 2050, including the education sector, the drive by schools, colleges and universities to rapidly cut down on greenhouse gas emissions has seen them take an active interest in the implementation of commercial solar panels within their faculties.
The education sector currently equates to around 2 percent of the UK greenhouse gas emissions, which is around the figure of 15 percent of public sector emission. Calculated into this is a school’s energy usage, commuting, supplies and waste. Ensuring zero carbon emission for education buildings becoming the new normal is essential for achieving net-zero, as is ensuring that existing buildings are properly retrofitted.
How To Make a Zero Carbon School, College or University
When it comes to renewable energy and usage, there are ways to eliminate the emissions in new and old educational buildings. In your planning stages, you will consult with a professional in green energy and commercial solar, who can identify every element to lead a successful implementation.
The goals set in place will focus on a few core areas. The first will be making the premises as energy efficient as possible via the use of top-rated appliances and insulation. The second will be making the premises entirely electric by utilising highly efficient heat pumps instead of natural gas. From there the focus will be on being able to generate clean energy on-site via the use of commercial solar panels on either the building roof or a ground-level setting.
The ability to also store energy on-site will provide independence for energy and the ability to reduce grid demand also at peak times. The huge benefit where it comes to educational premises is that they generally operate during daylight hours, using electricity throughout the day and very limited amounts at night.
With all this in mind, the Newman University in Birmingham contacted us as they wanted to convert to green energy. We install commercial solar panels on their premises and built a great working relationship.
They have made a change which will minimise their energy output as well as saving them money in the long term.
On top of these key steps to reach zero carbon emissions, schools are implementing other steps to help the process.
Engaging with students and providing them with better ways to help the process is working with educational institutions. Ideas such as encouragement to cycle to school and energy-conscious behaviours in turning off unused lights and computers and providing a comprehensive recycling program. Many schools, colleges and universities are now opting to have electric buses and EV stations on the premises to help push the cause further.
If your school, college or university is wanting to know how to reduce carbon emissions and looking to make a positive change for the welfare of future generations via the use of commercial solar, contact the team at Positive Energy Solutions today.