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Renewable Energy: (Schools)

Volume 455: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what incentives there are for schools to incorporate micro generation technology and solar thermal panels when spending the additional capital resources announced in the pre-Budget report. (109961)

The Department has adopted “BREEAM Schools”, an adaptation of an internationally recognised environmental assessment method. It is a specific requirement that new school buildings and refurbishment projects above a threshold achieve a BREEAM rating of “very good” or better. This provides a strong incentive for design teams to consider options to reduce carbon emissions through energy efficiency measures and renewable energy systems.

In addition, grant funding for microgeneration technologies, including solar thermal panels, is available to schools via the DTI’s Low Carbon Buildings Programme.