Sunny lessons from school solar project

Twenty schools around the UK are getting a helping hand to bring a little sunshine into their schoolrooms. Renewable electricity firm Good Energy announced today it is backing a project […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Twenty schools around the UK are getting a helping hand to bring a little sunshine into their schoolrooms.

Renewable electricity firm Good Energy announced today it is backing a project which helps schools crowd-fund the cost of getting solar panels.

Called Solar Schools, it is run by carbon cutting campaign 10:10 and will hand out packs of fundraising training, banners and flyers and mentoring to the winning schools.

Good Energy CEO and founder Juliet Davenport said: “It’s important for school children to get first-hand experience of renewables and see science at work.

“By taking part, children can discover for themselves not only how harnessing the power of the sun can turn into lighting and power for computers in their classrooms, but also how to get support from their local community through crowd-funding.”

It’s a fresh round of the scheme which has already had 50 schools take part. Schools raise between £8,000 and £15,000 to install between 4-10kWp of solar PV.

A school which installs 8kWp of solar, around 30 panels, will earn more than £21,000 in feed-in tariff payments over 20 years and save more than £400 a year in electricity bills, according to Good Energy.

Schools have from today until 6 June 2014 to start their applications at www.solarschools.org.uk/apply