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

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.