Let the sun shine on solar birthday party

Birthday celebrations at South Yorkshire Energy Centre''Pupils from Hoyland West Meadows Primary School spent a beautiful spring morning learning about renewable energy at Heeley City Farm's South Yorkshire Energy Centre.  They had booked their visit without knowing that they'd chosen a special day for the Centre. It was exactly a year ago that solar electricity (PV) panels were installed on the south-west facing roof of the Energy Centre. Lucky for them as they got to share in the birthday cake too.'SYEC's Shelly Davis (left) and Kate Stott with the birthday cake
Birthday celebrations at South Yorkshire Energy Centre''Pupils from Hoyland West Meadows Primary School spent a beautiful spring morning learning about renewable energy at Heeley City Farm's South Yorkshire Energy Centre. They had booked their visit without knowing that they'd chosen a special day for the Centre. It was exactly a year ago that solar electricity (PV) panels were installed on the south-west facing roof of the Energy Centre. Lucky for them as they got to share in the birthday cake too.'SYEC's Shelly Davis (left) and Kate Stott with the birthday cake
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YOUNGSTERS enjoyed the sunshine when they were invited to celebrate the first anniversary of power generation at a Sheffield centre dedicated to promoting green energy.

Pupils from Hoyland West Meadows Primary School were shown solar panels at South Yorkshire Energy Centre, based at Heeley City Farm, and got to share a birthday cake.

Birthday celebrations at South Yorkshire Energy Centre''Pupils from Hoyland West Meadows Primary School spent a beautiful spring morning learning about renewable energy at Heeley City Farm's South Yorkshire Energy Centre.  They had booked their visit without knowing that they'd chosen a special day for the Centre. It was exactly a year ago that solar electricity (PV) panels were installed on the south-west facing roof of the Energy Centre. Lucky for them as they got to share in the birthday cake too.'SYEC's Gareth Burt and pupils from Hoyland West Meadows Primary School

Birthday celebrations at South Yorkshire Energy Centre''Pupils from Hoyland West Meadows Primary School spent a beautiful spring morning learning about renewable energy at Heeley City Farm's South Yorkshire Energy Centre. They had booked their visit without knowing that they'd chosen a special day for the Centre. It was exactly a year ago that solar electricity (PV) panels were installed on the south-west facing roof of the Energy Centre. Lucky for them as they got to share in the birthday cake too.'SYEC's Gareth Burt and pupils from Hoyland West Meadows Primary School

Since solar panels were installed, staff and volunteers at the centre, the size of a family house, have been totting up the amount of renewable energy generated.

They recorded 1,620 kWh of electricity - roughly a third of the annual electricity consumption for an average household in the UK.

It could save people living in a similar-sized household £880, if they took advantage of payments from the Feed-In tariff and through savings on annual fuel bills, staff at the centre said.