Ready to make schools across the U.K. more energy friendly, 10:10 Solar Schools and Good Energy are helping twenty schools to create their own crowdfunding campaigns for solar energy panels. The fundraising concept has already worked for about fifty schools across the country that have already raised £350,908.
One of the schools that piloted the project in the 2010-2011 school, EP Collier stated, “The response to Solar Schools has been phenomenal. It has brought local businesses, our children and families and our local community together.”
In order to achieve funding, schools have developed their own activities to receive the much-needed support. One school in particular, Millbrook Primary C.E.V.A., invited its entire community to a 100-mile bike ride to help make 110 percent of its 4 kilowatts of solar energy. The initiative gives children direct exposure to a clean form of energy.
According to Blue & Green Tomorrow, Good Energy CEO Juliet Davenport explained, “It’s important for school children to get first-hand experience of renewables and see science at work.”
She continued, “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 crowdfunding.”
Good Energy was founded over a decade ago and its one clear goal is to make a difference to climate changes. The site has received many awards including Best Utilities at the 2014 UK Stock Market Awards; Climate Week’s Best Business Initiative award; three-in-a row customer service awards; Renewable Energy Association’s 2013 company award member.
Deputy head at Barnes Primary School in London, Sue Jepson noted, “Solar Schools was an incredible opportunity for our school, and an experience that will benefit us for years to come. Not only are we now enjoying the great financial and environmental benefits of solar panels, but our pupils, staff and parents got a huge amount out of the fundraising process itself.”
10:10 Solar Schools wrote on its site, “A school near you is fundraising, and we can all help! It’s simple – chip in £5 or more to sponsor your very own tile, and be apart of something amazing!”
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