Against a backdrop of rising energy prices, schools the length and breadth of Britain are taking control and generating their own clean energy, thanks to the successful Solar Schools campaign. The carbon-cutting campaign helps schools fund raise to buy a solar power system and generate their own electricity.
And it's not just schools in the sunny south that can reap the rewards. From Five Islands School on the Isles of Scilly in the Southwest corner of the UK, to Springwell School in Hartlepool in the Northeast, schools throughout England and Wales are recognizing the financial, community, environmental and educational benefits of going solar.
The project provides expert advice, training and support and a host of free fundraising materials such as stickers, posters, banners and a page on the Solar Schools website. With their help, many schools have already completed the Solar Schools process since it launched a year ago, tripling on average their normal fundraising efforts, with several more well on their way.The campaign launched its second year in October and 50 schools have already started their fundraising efforts this year. The scheme allows new schools to apply at any time.
The scheme has the backing of Energy and Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker who said: "This is a genuinely exciting technology that will help schools generate their own energy, while saving money and cutting carbon at the same time.But the benefits go much further. Solar Schools brings together the whole community with lots of fun and exciting fundraising activities and helps develop their entrepreneurial and communications skills too.