"We need more like Ore Valley", Amber Rudd says

Amber recently visited the Ore Valley Campus of East Sussex College as part of her campaign to encourage more renewable energy sources throughout Hastings and Rye. They recently installed over 1,000 solar panels which powered 76% of the energy used by the college earlier this month.

The installation is expected to save the college over £5,000 each year on energy costs.

Amber is encouraging other schools and businesses to copy Ore Valley:

Speaking at the Ore Campus, Amber said: “The Ore Valley campus is a model of excellence.

“We need more renewable energy sources, because it’s good for our environment but also good for saving on energy costs. It has already paid dividends, not only in terms of carbon reduction but also has provided much cheaper energy to the college.”

“I encourage all schools, businesses, and other community groups in our towns to get in touch with Energise Sussex Coast to set up their own local renewable energy sources.”

Amber also visited St Leonards Academy which has the potential to become one of the biggest solar arrays at a school throughout the country. St Leonard Academy is one of 15 University of Brighton Academies Trust schools across East Sussex which will have free solar panels installed by Energise Sussex Coast, Ovesco, and Brighton Energy Co-op.

During the visit, she was put under fire by questions from engaged teens at the school who wanted to know what she was doing to promote green energy as the MP for Hastings and Rye.

Amber responded: “I know the environment is one of the most important issues for young people and it is for me also. I am pleased to be part of a Government which is striving to be our greenest yet, banning single use plastics and committing the nation to becoming totally carbon and emission free by 2050.”

 

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Notes to the editor:

  • Amber is pictured with the Mayor of Hastings, Cllr Nigel Sinden.