A school in Northwest England is using a solar-powered personal computer as part of its greener living campaign – the first time the technology has been used in this way.

St Elizabeth’s RC Primary in Litherland, Merseyside, has its own pupils’ Eco Council, which meets regularly to discuss how they can be greener and save energy in the school. Previous successful campaigns include cycling to school and recycling waste.

In partnership with renewable energy facilitator Barden Energy, local company Extreme Low Energy (ELe) provided the school with an Intel Celeron mini PC with a 19-inch LED monitor, keyboard and mouse powered by a mini solar panel.

Caroline Clayton, operations director for ELe, said: “It was great to see the faces of the children and parents as the machine was turned on for the first time, powered only by the sun’s energy.”

In addition to being used for similar projects, the technology has potential for use in developing countries.