Primary schools across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are being offered a unique opportunity to win solar panels, crowd-funded by Friends of the Earth supporters. The competition invites pupils to submit creative entries, such as artwork or film, demonstrating why they’d love their school to be powered by solar energy.
The winning school, chosen by public vote at the start of the new year, will receive a solar installation free of charge. The panels will make thousands of pounds every year for the school – meaning more to spend on playgrounds, libraries and trips.
Research by Friends of the Earth shows that schools could save up to £8,000 per year with solar panels, but many schools struggle to afford the upfront costs of solar panels. It’s for this reason that Friends of the Earth is calling on the Government to allow schools to borrow funds, with schools potentially being the first step in making better use of clean energy all over the UK.
It’s the first time that Friends of the Earth has crowd-funded a renewable energy project. Its new Run on Sun campaign, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, aims to make it easier for schools to benefit through solar power.
Friends of the Earth’s Renewable Energy Campaigner Anna Watson said:
“Solar panels are a win-win for schools and the environment – not to mention the kids. As well as slashing electricity bills, they’re a great example of clean energy in action and tackling climate change.
“Whether it’s your children’s school, local school, or your old school from years gone by – nominate them today for the chance to win free solar panels!”
The competition closes on 15th December 2014 and entries should be submitted online only as photographs, film, or slideshows. They will then be showcased in a gallery on Friends of the Earth’s website! Anyone can nominate a school to take part in the competition, with nominations closing on 24th October 2014.