On the 30th November three members of the Energy Group, Charles
Mossman, Ed Sharp and Hertha Wood presented an "Energy Partnership
Proposal " to the QE Resources Committee. The proposal was to
install upto 275KW of solar PV panels on QE School roofs during
2016 free of charge to QE. The panels would be funded through a
community share offer. QE would benefit from cheap electricity
contributing an estimated £6500 per annum savings for 20 years.
Investors would earn upto 5% interest on their investment and a
community fund would be produced from "profits" to benefit further
energy related projects in Crediton. The Resources Committee had
several questions which the Energy Group answered in detail at the
meeting and followed up in writing before the Proposal went to the
full Board of Governors in December.
The day after the full Board meeting we heard that the Governors
considered the proposal carefully but decided that they are unable
to support it. The main deciding factor for them was the
considerable risk posed to their major capital works programme this
summer, which in their view needs to be completed before the panels
could be installed. Governors felt that the incredibly tight
timescales imposed by the Government for the PV project to be
completed meant that the risks to their programme of essential
works and the longer term risks were too great and were not
outweighed by the potential savings generated.
Ben Brook, Director of Finances and Resources said "Whilst
Governors, Rupert and myself are very disappointed not to have the
opportunity to develop this community proposal with you they felt
that their first priority must be to the school. I understand that
this will be a disappointment for you and your colleagues who
battled to get to this stage in such a limited timeframe.
Thank you again for all the efforts you put into developing the