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
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.
Pupils crowdfunding clean energy
Solar panels installed
Solar Schools highlights
The Solar Schools roll of honour
From the 30p spent at a cake sale to the businesses giving hundreds of pounds - every generous donor owns a little part of the solar roof that they helped fund. 10:10 and each school would like to thank these donors for their support and lovely comments. Take a bow.