New initiative to educate students on renewable energy

Schoolchildren across the UK will now be educated on renewable energy in a bid to help reach the UK’s target. The initiative is part of a solar firm’s move to […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Schoolchildren across the UK will now be educated on renewable energy in a bid to help reach the UK’s target.

The initiative is part of a solar firm’s move to raise awareness of renewable energy and carbon savings among children aged above seven years.

Lightsource Renewable Energy, in partnership with charity group SolarAid, has provided 100 schools, where it has installed solar systems (pictured), with a mini solar panel resource kit.

The pack includes lesson ideas, workshops and teaching aids to help children understand the importance of renewable energy in a global context. Students will be encouraged to carry out tasks such as monitoring, measuring and analysing the levels of solar energy being produced by the panels at their school. They will also be taught the effects of climate change and how solar energy can play a significant role in addressing the problems.

James Lee, Managing Director of Lightsource Asset Management said: “The Government wants 30% of the UK’s electricity output to come from renewable sources by 2020. This is quite a challenge, given that the current estimate is in the region of 7%. We believe that by helping to educate our young people in this way and inspiring energy-saving behaviour change, we are helping to make that target more achievable.”