BRAUNTON School has joined the solar revolution after switching on £20,000 worth of rooftop panels thanks to a grant from the Co-operative Group. The 24 photovoltaic panels should generate around 3,300 kilowatt hours of electricity each year - enough to p

BRAUNTON School has joined the solar revolution after switching on £20,000 worth of rooftop panels thanks to a grant from the Co-operative Group.The 24 photovoltaic panels should generate around 3,300 kilowatt hours of electricity each year - enough to power a school computer for 33,000 hours or to make 180,000 cups of tea for thirsty teachers - saving some two tonnes of carbon dioxide.At the launch on Monday pupils and staff were joined by the Co-operative's colourful climate change character Sunny Solar for the official switch on.Now students will be able to keep track of how much renewable energy their school is generating and how much CO2 saved by checking a monitor which will be feeding live data into the school building.The school is among 100 across the UK chosen to receive the panels, which are half-funded by the Group's £1 million Green Energy for Schools scheme, with match-funding from the Government.Roger Byrom, funeral director at L Clarke and Sons Funeralcare, who nominated the school, said: "This clean, silent technology will help educate pupils about green energy as well as reducing the school's reliance on fossil fuels.