Education Minister, John O’Dowd, is investing £10million across the schools estate to improve energy efficiency.
The ‘spend to save’ initiative for 2014/15 aims to help schools improve their energy efficiency as well as cut energy costs.
John O’Dowd said:
“As a society we have a duty to be more energy efficient. Schools can play their part in this by using renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They can set an example across the community and within the school population. Through this example they can teach children about the benefits of sustainability and using renewable energy sources to mitigate against climate change.
“A portion of this £10million investment will be used for solar panels on schools. This particular energy source lends itself to educating people on the benefits to be achieved because it includes an indicator of output showing the energy produced and carbon dioxide emissions saved.
“I want to ensure that schools are as energy efficient as possible and, in taking these vital steps, they are also educating young people about the global issue of climate change.”