The Solar Schools project was all about communities coming together around a big goal: crowdfunding the cost of solar panels for their school roof.

We worked with 80 schools, from Stockton-on-Tees to the Scilly Isles, who together raised £723,000 and installed 2370 panels. That adds up to 38,940 baby elephants worth of carbon saved!

 
 

The impact of Solar Schools


 

Little Kingshill combined school, Bucks, raised £15,000 for their panels in 2011-12.

Holy Trinity primary, Essex, raised £10,000 for their solar panels in 2015-16.

Holy Trinity primary, Essex, raised £10,000 for their solar panels in 2015-16.

St Luke's primary, Brighton, raised £10,000 for solar panels in 2012-13

St Luke's primary, Brighton, raised £10,000 for solar panels in 2012-13

Ludwell primary school, Dorset, raised £12,500 for their solar panels in 2015-16.


The campaign

We provided schools with the tools and training they needed to get going, including a snazzy crowdfunding website. Then each team made the project their own, wowing us with their creativity and commitment. From bakes sales and baked-bean baths to pupil-run conker shys and table tennis marathons, the pupils, parents and local businesses really got into it. 

But it wasn’t just about pounds and panels. The Solar Schools project left an amazing legacy of new skills, stronger community links and local pride. Children (and grownups) learned about climate change and energy in a whole new way, and the money the schools saved on their energy bills has made them more resilient for the future. 


31,431

 Pupils crowdfunding clean energy

2,370

Solar panels installed

15,782

Cakes sold


It has been an amazing journey and restored my faith in community spirit.
— Jo, Governor at Mabe primary