Dorset Studio School - Kingston Maurward - Dorset

Dorset Studio School – Kingston Maurward – Dorset

In 2014 Futurum installed 49.5kW (200 solar panels) on the new Animal Sciences Centre at Kingston Maurward and have now put a further 28 kW (112 panels) on the new Dorset Studio School which opens to students for the September term.

These two installations will generate 78,370kWh of free electricity for the college every year for the next 20 years, a total of 1,567,400kWh of free electricity.  Even at today’s rate of 15 pence per kWh this gives a projected saving in electricity costs of £235,110.

Solar PV on roof

Solar PV on roof

In addition to these savings the college will benefit from the government’s Feed in Tariff (FiT) scheme which provides funding for domestic and commercial solar panel systems – the projected revenue from FiT over 20 years will be circa £200k.  The combined savings and FiT revenue is almost £450,000.

Solar panels remain an excellent way of producing on-site generated power and reducing business operating costs over their lifetime (at least 30 years).

The panels used for this installation are both mono and polycrystalline Solarworld Sunmodules (mono on the Studio School and Poly on Coneygar). Futurum chose these solar panels for their high performance and outstanding build quality. Solarworld can trace their lineage back 40 years and are proven to work for decades to come. They are also the only solar panel manufacturer in Europe to make their cells from scratch and have a ‘sand to module’ manufacturing process based in the USA and in Germany.

The new generation of the Sunmodule series features a number of innovations that make its already outstanding quality even better. The module is easy to install and delivers high yields. They are more robust than other those from other manufacturers and feature improved aesthetics particularly the black mono panels with black frames.

Kingston Maurward – Animal Sciences Centre (Coneygar): Completed on schedule, the

Coneygar - Animal Sciences Centre

Coneygar – Animal Sciences Centre

Coneygar Centre replaces outdated and cramped facilities with state-of-the-art resources. The new purpose-built teaching facility houses five classrooms, an ICT suite, dog grooming salon, rooms for small mammals, reptiles and amphibians, specialist aquatic teaching area, offices and welfare facilities.

The £2.3m project, with funding procured through the Scape framework, was carried out by construction experts, Kier, working alongside Dorchester architects A&Q and structural engineers Calcinotto.

Dorset Studio School:  Dorset Studio School is a specialist land and environment based provision, situated at Kingston Maurward Agricultural College and meets the needs of our rural community. Dorset Studio School is co-sponsored by a unique partnership with Kingston Maurward College – a specialist land-based Further Education institution – and The Thomas Hardye School an outstanding specialist science school.

Dorset Studio School focuses on developing the key employability and life skills required by employers.

Aerial Shot of Solar PV

Aerial Shot of Solar PV

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