It’s the kerchings of Leon as new money saving system is installed

E.ON's John Walsh and Leon Academys' headteacher, Simon Viccars.
E.ON's John Walsh and Leon Academys' headteacher, Simon Viccars.

A Bletchley school is installing a wood burning system to save money.

Sir Herbert Leon Academy, in Fern Grove, hopes to save about £10,000 a year through replacing existing gas boilers with a dedicated 800kW biomass boiler.

The biomass system, provided through a new renewable energy project with energy supplier E.ON, will provide a source of lower carbon heat to the 800-student main school building and its swimming pool and fitness centre. In total, the project, due for completion next month, will provide the site with more than 1.8 million kWh of heat per year.

Simon Viccars, principal of Sir Herbert Leon Academy, said: “We are always striving to provide the best possible environment for our students and other users. We pride ourselves on having excellent facilities on site, and we recognise that energy efficiency is an important part of this.

“Updating to the biomass boiler will help us to drive down our energy costs significantly, freeing up funds for reinvestment into the school. It also offers an important sustainable environmental message and example to our students and community.”

Thomas Buss, head of microgen at E.ON, said: “Developing innovative, smarter and lower carbon technology is a key part of our work with Milton Keynes Council to help deliver elements of the Low Carbon Living Programme. This is a great example of what we’re doing to bring on the benefits of cutting edge innovation and knowledge across communities.”

E.ON and Milton Keynes Council formed a Low Carbon Task Force formed to investigate ways to improve the energy efficiency of homes and use green power to drive down residents’ fuel bills and help combat climate change.

Elsewhere in the new city some 75 homes are taking part in a trial of ‘smart home’ technologies to show the benefits of intelligent appliances on energy use in terms of increased control, comfort, convenience and reduced costs.