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Greenland´s ice is melting!

The latest heat wave in June caused 45% of Greenland´s frozen surface to turn into meltwater. The alarming fact is that the melting rate is not only increasing but also accelerating. The future of the island depends on our commitment to decrease carbon emission.

Jul 15th, 2019

Student´s initiative led to installation of solar panels in his school.

Hemal Arora, a student from United World College South East Asia in Singapore was concerned about the immense electricity consumption at his school. Together with seven other Grade 10 students, started the project of getting solar panels for their school.

Jun 27th, 2019

Solar for Schools at Ecosummit Berlin 2019

Co-founder, Robert Schrimpff, spoke at Ecosummit Berlin 2019. He explained the work that Solar for Schools does and how it empowers students, schools, and communities to fight climate change.

May 31st, 2019

Korean documentary featured one of our solar schools

Biggleswade Academy, one of our Solar for Schools community schools, appeared in the Korean documentary Code Name Green: Change the Energy as an example of how the UK is implementing energy transition.

May 20th, 2019

Celebrate Gandhi’s 150th birthday with solar.

Together we can create a record to celebrate Gandhi's 150th birthday. On 2 October 2019, it is hoped one million students will take part in a global initiative to create solar light. And we thought our schools might like to take part.

May 8th, 2019

Ten things schools can do to address the climate crisis

With a debate raging about whether pupils are taught enough about climate change at school, Fiona Carnie, Director at Aleternatives in Education, offers some simple suggestions of steps schools can take to address the issues for themselves

May 2nd, 2019

Korean Media is learning about solar with Biggleswade Academy

A Korean TV filming crew is to visit Biggleswade Academy, one of our Solar for Schools community schools, this Friday to discover what our children think about climate change.

Jan 23rd, 2019

Starting off the new school year with solar

As autumn begins, we have an opportunity for you to support students going back to school. Just two days ago, we opened our newest bond offer on the Ethex fundraising platform. We are raising funds for the next round of solar panels to be built on schools across the UK!

Sep 7th, 2018

Profit Share for all: Bright Future for Solar on Schools

Schools are being urged to continue to look to solar panels for renewable electricity supplies, despite the fact that October sees many schools facing the lowest government subsidies since they were introduced in the UK in 2011.

Oct 10th, 2016

How a Community Benefit Society will work for you

Schools that become members of the CBS will have a share in the success of those systems. We will continue to manage the systems and funding and receive management fees from the CBS, but now any profits will be shared with the schools.

Jul 14th, 2016

How much will the school save with solar panels?

How much will my school save over 25 years with solar panels? We would argue that this is the wrong question. The question should be: Can I make the world a better place without it costing the school anything? The answer to these questions is easy!

Apr 22nd, 2016

The anticipated tariff cuts have been unexpectedly delayed

Solar subsidy rates would be cut from 1st January 2016. But there has been a delay presenting this to Parliament, so we will now be able to continue to install into January and possibly February.

Dec 2nd, 2015

Main Electricity Prices are Increasing

Steep price hikes for electricity! School electricity bills are rising, as energy companies once again are pushing up prices. Reports in the national press since November have hinted at energy prices rising this winter, which have come true.

Nov 30th, 2015

Options for Solar on Schools from 2016

Missed the deadline to apply to install solar this year before government slashes subsidies for solar as announced?….

All is not lost – At Solar for Schools we are working on options for 2016 if indeed the government slashes subsidies as proposed.

Oct 19th, 2015

Can you speed up the decision to go solar on your school?

Last week an announcement from the government indicates the government plans to cut solar subsidies for new systems installed from January 2016 by nearly 80%! This does not affect systems currently in place or those that are installed before the end of 2015.

Sep 4th, 2015

How to add solar charts to your website and social media posts

All the school systems we manage can easily add some code to their website or display screens that will show the output from the school’s solar panels.

May 17th, 2018

Solar for Schools delighted to promote 1010 and their SolarSchools programme

There are many ways to fund solar panels on a school! So we are delighted to partner with 1010 and promote their Solar Schools programme.

May 11th, 2015

Parkside Academy sourcing 50% of their energy demand

In the last days with plenty of sun, Parkside Academy in Willington Crook could source half their energy demand from the PV panels!

Apr 10th, 2015

Nine schools registered during test period

Nine schools registered during test period date. During the run up to launch of the site, nine schools have already registered for details of the Solar for Schools programme, as a result of our Beta testers speaking about it to friends and family.

Mar 30th, 2015