Gartocharn Primary School installs Absolute sun power

Petra Biberbach, Tom Newall and Jason Lowey are pictured with pupils Charlie Haggarty (P7) and Elliot McKenzie (P6)
From left: Petra Biberbach, Tom Newall and Jason Lowey are pictured with pupils Charlie Haggarty (P7) and Elliot McKenzie (P6)

Pupils at Gartocharn Primary School recently celebrated the completion of a brand new solar PV system. The 78 x 270w panels has the capacity to generate 18,333 kWh (kilowatt hours) per year for the school.

Absolute Solar and Wind was successful in two open tender processes to install the solar PV array and biomass system at Gartocharn Primary School and launched a competition asking the school to name the solar array.

The school is divided into three houses called Black Grouse, Robins and Buzzards.The winning name was suggested by Robins House and they created a very original and memorable name – G.A.R.R.A.Y.

House Captain Charlie Haggarty (Primary 7), along with Vice-Captain Elliot McKenzie (Primary 6) accepted the plaque.

Charlie said: “We think G.A.R.R.A.Y. is a good name because it includes three things: GAR (stands for Gartocharn), ARRAY (because it’s an array of solar panels), and RAY (because it’s powered by the sun’s rays. We also like it because it sounds like a real name!”

The prize was a specially designed plaque with the winning house name etched on it to commemorate the install, which was co-presented by Absolute directors Tom Newall and Jason Lowey

Newall said: “It’s inspiring to see so much interest from the children in the future of energy production as it is an Absolute priority to encourage and promote STEM education among the next generation.

“Gartocharn Primary School should be proud of their carbon reducing and sustainable energy efforts, they’re no doubt setting a brilliant example for other schools.”

The green flag eco-friendly school is situated on the edge of the village of Gartocharn in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. 

Petra Biberbach, board member on the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park presented the plaque to the winning House. She said: “I can’t think of a more appropriate name for a solar array here at Gartocharn Primary School.

“All the children have to be congratulated on being so imaginative. I like the fact that ‘G.A.R.R.A.Y.’ is linked to the local area and also linked to the weather, which is particularly meaningful and essential for the sun to generate energy.

“The array that Absolute has installed is a welcome addition and paves the way for the future of the energy output here. There is no doubt that it will deliver real benefits for the school and it is great to see so many young people engaging with renewable energy.”

John McDonald, Head Teacher, Gartocharn Primary School, said: “The project was a great opportunity for our pupils to learn about solar technology and energy efficiency, and all of our young people were excited to be involved.”

31 Oct 2017

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