Work is taking place on the south facing wall of Fort St James Secondary School in preparation for the installation of solar panels.

Solar wall

A new solar wall at Fort St. James Secondary School (FSJSS) could save the school up to $9,000 per year in heating costs.

A new solar wall at Fort St. James Secondary School (FSJSS) could save the school up to $9,000 per year in heating costs.

The solar wall is being installed on the south-facing wall of the school, will coincide with new accessible bathrooms and new windows on the same side of the building and will cost $300,000.

The Ministry of Education has put in $30,000 towards the project, while the balance is coming from an annual facility grant.

The wall uses solar energy to pre-heat the air going into the boilers to heat the building, lowering the amount of heat needed to warm the outside air.

The project was inspired by a similar wall in Smithers and is expected to be in place by September 1 of this year.