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Solar Schools is an innovative new project to help schools crowdfund the cost of solar panels from their local community. More at: www.solarschools.org.uk
As of Feb 2,012 we're half way through a pilot with eight schools, which has proved the model works. Of the eight pilot schools, five will get solar panels through our scheme in 2,012. These five pilot schools raised or are set to raise £10-£15,000 on average and as a result, will enjoy the following benefits:
- savings of £5,575 on electricity bills (over 25 years)
- additional revenue of £38,200 (from the feed-in tariff for 25 years)
- reduction in Co2 of 1,785kg per year
- educational benefits from having solar panels and energy display monitors
- stronger links with their communities
Of the remaining three schools in the pilot: one is still fundraising and planning to install panels in 2,013, one found their roof was too shady, and one decided to take advantage of a free solar installation from their Local Authority after being inspired by our project.
10:10 is running the Solar Schools pilot and potentially planning a larger rollout with 100 schools across the UK in 2,012.
If you're a school interested in taking part please register here: www.solarschools.org.uk/registerinterest
We're looking for funding for the national rollout so if you might be able to help please contact lizzie@1,010global.org
If you're inspired and you'd like to donate to a school, go to the Solar Schools homepage, and pick a school!
Big thanks to the staff and pupils at New Christ Church school for starring, and Hi Fly Nest for the pro-bono brilliance.