ENERGY-SAVING sunshine was the focus of a Solar open morning at Ilfracombe C of E Junior School on Saturday. Through a series of grant-funded projects the school now has 231 solar photovoltaic panels which generate electricity and three solar thermal pane

ENERGY-SAVING sunshine was the focus of a Solar open morning at Ilfracombe C of E Junior School on Saturday.Through a series of grant-funded projects the school now has 231 solar photovoltaic panels which generate electricity and three solar thermal panels for hot water.On Saturday, visitors were able to find out more about the three project phases, how it all works and talk to those involved in funding and installing the equipment.Representatives from Renewable Energy for Devon, which has offered the school help and advice, were on hand to show visitors how they might install the technology in their own schools or businesses.The entire project came about through no cost to the school and was made possible by grants from the AONB, EDF Energy, Devon County Council, the Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 2.SustainabilitySavings of around £5,610 per year are expected - 30 per cent of the school's energy bills - and the drive for sustainability continues with plans to double glaze the main building and gym as well as further roofing insulation.Live data is now beamed to a display board in the school's main hall, showing energy generated and savings on carbon dioxide emissions. A similar online version can be viewed at www.ilfracombe-jun.devon.sch.uk."The event was held to show people how the AONB and other grant money was spent," said project administrator Chris Howard."Without question we are the leading primary school in the South West that has installed renewable energy onto an old school building."As an 'eco-school' we are proud of what we have achieved so far.