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Sir William Robertson Academy, Welbourn, completes £40,000 energy saving project

A secondary school has completed a £40,000 energy saving project to help reduce its carbon footprint.

Sir William Robertson Academy, Welbourn, has improved its environmental impact after changing 521 lights to new energy efficient LED lighting.

Main hall lights (39020030)
Main hall lights (39020030)

The project was supported with 50% grant funding from Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire, a programme led by North East Lincolnshire Council to help public buildings and businesses reduce their energy bills and carbon emissions.

This change will allow the academy to make a saving of up to £10,000 a year.

As well as saving money on the running costs of the building, it will also reduce its environmental impact, by saving around 29 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.

Front of school (39020028)
Front of school (39020028)

Mrs Sancha Maggs, trust business manager and chief financial officer at the school, said: “We received a tremendous amount of support from Vicky Dunn and colleagues at Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire in bringing this project to fruition. The results have quite literally transformed the learning environment around school. Classrooms are lighter and brighter as a result of the modern, energy efficient LED units, and the intelligent lighting controls in corridors and other common areas, enable the school to only use energy when needed.

“This is a win-win, as it means saving on energy costs and a reduction in our carbon footprint.”

Vicky Dunn, energy manager for Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire, said: “It was a pleasure to help the school through the process of getting the grant and upgrading their lighting.

“The ERDF funding via Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire made it possible for them to do this project, which they had hoped to do for some time.”

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