Drax Foundation funds installation of solar panels at Selby school

The Drax Foundation, the charitable entity of renewable energy company Drax Group (Drax), has funded the installation of solar panels at Barwic Parade Community Primary School in Selby, North Yorkshire.

Selby is home to Drax Power Station and the funding for the panels comes from a £4.5m pot that Foundation has put in place to support UK schools and community-led organisations to become more energy efficient.

The new solar panels were fitted by the specialist solar installation company, Low Carbon Energy, and they will help Barwic Parade save around £3,400 a year on their energy bills and reduce their carbon emissions by 4.4 tonnes per annum.

Drax Foundation has previously funded the installation of solar panels at Abington Vale Primary School, Northampton, and will be funding a similar project at Kirk Sandall Junior School in Doncaster later this Summer.

Jane Breach, Drax’s UK Community and Education Manager, said:

“The Drax Foundation continues to give back to the communities that Drax operates in. We are proud to have funded the installation of solar panels at Barwic Parade. This schools sits right on the doorstep of Drax Power Station in Selby.

“We are committed to being a good neighbour to people who live and work next to our sites and working with partners, like Low Carbon Energy, means we can help local schools and community organisations become more energy efficient and reduce their impact on the planet.”

Sarah Dixon, Barwic Parade Community Primary School’s Headteacher, said:

“We were delighted to receive the support from The Drax Foundation to install solar panels at Barwic Parade Community Primary School.

“This investment in our school not only makes it greener and more sustainable in terms of its energy usage but should also allow us to use our limited budget to enrich and enhance our children’s experiences.

“Given the school’s demographics, Drax’s donation means more than simply installing solar panels, indirectly their donation helps every single family in the Barwic Community. We are again, very grateful to receive the support of the Drax Foundation.”​

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About Drax

Drax Group’s purpose is to enable a zero carbon, lower cost energy future and in 2019 announced a world-leading ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology.

Drax’s c.3,500 employees operate across three principal areas of activity – electricity generation, electricity sales to business customers and compressed wood pellet production and supply to third parties. For more information visit www.drax.com

To find out more information about the Drax Foundation go to the website www.drax.com/community