Schools hope to raise £880k from community for solar

Twenty five schools are hoping to drum up £880,000 from the community to put solar panels on their rooftops. Locals can buy shares in the Staffordshire Sunny Schools project in […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Twenty five schools are hoping to drum up £880,000 from the community to put solar panels on their rooftops.

Locals can buy shares in the Staffordshire Sunny Schools project in exchange for “a fair financial return” of around 10%.

The cash will help schools put panels up for free and benefit from lower electricity bills.

Money will also go towards a sustainability education and energy efficiency programme for more than 15,000 children.

It’s the second round of fundraising after a first bucket-shaking paid for solar panels at three schools in the area, such as Millfield Primary School which has a display of power generated for students to see (pictured).

Said to be the largest community energy scheme for schools to date, it has already bagged a £200,000 loan from business charity Pure Leapfrog.

Jeremy Lefroy, MP for Stafford said: Students will benefit, as their schools should be able to invest in other areas rather than on their electricity bills. Local residents will benefit, not just as council tax payers but with the opportunity to invest and we all benefit with the advantages this whole project has for the environment.”

This week the Government launched its community energy strategy to drum up support for similar schemes.