Solar for Schools News & Blog


Record number of schools going solar

The total number of schools who went solar with us in the UK and Germany topped the charts with 17 schools, installing 805 kW of solar power. That’s over 2,950 solar panels. So far this year, in the UK we have helped the Solar for Schools Community Benefit Society (CBS) raise £850,000

Sep 26th, 2018

Why are the costs for mains electricity going up?

Securing energy costs through solar panels could be the soundest financial decision you make in 2018. For Dassett, making the decision to go solar was easy and it was about installing as much as they could.

Feb 6th, 2018

What have we been up to this summer?

We are excited to announce the opening of Solar for Schools in India. Over the last 6 month, we have worked on setting up a local subsidiary in Chennai, India, piloting our program with our local partner, Suresh Oliver.

Sep 1st, 2017

We are utilizing the Energy Managment System Solar-Log™

We are excited to announced our collaboration with Solare Datensysteme GmbH (SDS), which will allow us to better our solar energy monitoring capabilities.

Feb 14th, 2017

Solar Options for Schools Ltd receives £512,000 investment to help more schools!

Solar for Schools, an Internet-based, social-impact company which is developing an online route for schools across the UK and Internationally to help them go solar, closed a £512,000 investment round from nearly 50 selected investors worldwide.

Oct 4th, 2016

Our first investment round

Solar for Schools is a social impact, internet based business enabling schools to generate their own solar energy. The award winning company is backed by experienced investors and the Low Carbon Innovation fund. The team now manages around 10,000 solar panels on 47 schools and with about 50 school enquiries a month, funding is now required to develop the software platform further and scale up.

Jul 26th, 2016

Solar for Schools wins Rushlight Sustainability Initiative Award

At Solar for Schools we are celebrating after scooping a prestigious Rushlight Award in recognition of our pioneering work, both enabling schools to benefit from the cost savings opportunities whilst also educating pupils.

Mar 7th, 2016

Top 10 reasons why schools are installing solar panels

With the Paris talks now over and millions of demonstrators globally relieved at having succeeded in persuading world leaders to commit to keeping global warming below 2 degrees, you might think that global warming has been solved and we can relax.

Jan 21st, 2016

The Low Carbon Innovation Fund invests in Solar for Schools

The University of East Anglia's Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF) has invested into Solar for Schools. LCIF joins an exclusive syndicate of experienced venture capital professionals who are investing in Solar Options for Schools Ltd.

Jan 7th, 2016

How the confirmed change to subsidies will affect solar on schools

The government announced today the results of its consultation on renewable energy subsidies. Following huge amounts of campaigning from 10:10 and Greenpeace, the government has reconsidered the tariffs they will pay.

Dec 22nd, 2015

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

What you can do:

The proposed changes to the UK’s solar subsidies from January 2016 will:

1) Dramatically reduce benefits to schools from installing solar.
2) Create a massive rush to complete projects before December 2015.

Sep 14th, 2015

Solar For Schools team launches in Germany

Following the success in the UK, 30 schools are now benefiting from solar panels, the team has been working on a German approach aimed specifically at helping Kindergartens and small private schools save energy costs by using solar panels.

Jul 3rd, 2015

Welcoming a new team member

Welcome to Helen, who joined the team a few weeks ago. Helen is the ‘face’ of Solar for Schools and will be the person you can speak to or email anytime with your queries. She is already busy communicating with parents, governors and staff of schools all over the UK.

May 6th, 2015

Solar for Schools New Logo is the new website initiative developed in partnership with Engynious, an experienced solar panel installation and management organisation. Solar for Schools, as its names implies, is entirely focused on helping schools obtain solar panels at no cost to the school.

Apr 28th, 2015

SEEd supports Solar for Schools

SEEd supports Solar for Schools. Environmental and sustainability education campaigners SEEd is supporting the Solar for Schools initiative to reach out to parents and governors through social media and internet marketing so more schools are aware of the opportunities that exist today of having solar power.

Mar 31st, 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

New Joint Venture

Engynious Clean Power (UK) Ltd has joined forces with Internet entrepreneur, Robert Schrimpff and experienced renewables project developer Martin Augustin, to create a new venture called Solar for Schools which aims to reach out to schools through social media networks.

Feb 1st, 2015