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School goes super green

A high school has got top green credentials after installing special equipment to cut down its energy usage.

Parrenthorn High School is the first school in the Bury borough to install a powerPerfector Voltage Power Optimisation (VPO) unit to help reduce its carbon footprint.

The installation of the equipment was a joint project between the school and Bury Council.

Andrew Morley, school business manager at Parrenthorn, said: “It has been a pleasure working with the council’s carbon reduction officer on this scheme.

“We are always looking at opportunities to improve the efficiency of our building, reduce energy consumption and minimise our carbon emissions.

“Installing the VPO by powerPerfector has definitely improved our green credentials. We are looking forward to taking advantage of its long term benefits.”

Councillor Tony Isherwood, executive member for environment and economy at Bury Council, said: “The council has already installed similar units at Bury Town Hall, Bury Market and Castle Leisure Centre which together have saved £30,000 in the first year alone.

“We are expecting the VPO at Parrenthorn to save going on for £3,500 a year on energy bills as well as reduce C02 emissions by 23,024kg annually – that’s enough to fill more than 50 buses.

“At a time when energy prices are constantly increasing and the effects of climate change are high on the agenda, this scheme at Parrenthorn makes real sense and I hope other schools will be keen to follow their lead.”

He said the school should break even on the cost of the equipment in about seven years.


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