The Department does not hold information on the numbers of schools that use heat generated by (a) solar panels and (b) ground source heat pumps. Investment in measures of this nature would typically be funded from budgets delegated to schools and local authorities. This information may be held at a local authority.
The Department receives information on planned installations of renewable energy systems for new school projects that are being delivered within Building Schools for the Future and the Academies programme. We have received details for 71 new school projects since January 2008. Of these, 39 are planning to install systems that generate heat from solar panels, and eight plan to install ground source heat pumps for heat generation.