Schools

How Suffolk schools going solar may point us in the right direction for “Building Back Better” post Covid19

How do we “build back better”, safer, stronger, more resilient, post-COVID-19? I want to share an example of positive action and a story of hope!

Sep 08, 2020

Watch as communities around the world turn the lights on for the very first time

How does a sustainable energy future look for us all? Watch as Professor Tinker’s travels take him to some of the most remote communities in the world so he can learn about modern electrification and energy solutions for the developing world.

May 26, 2020

Exploratory learning for busy bees in our Knowledge Hive

Students guide their own learning through exploration of our website, uncovering interesting facts and information about the topics that matter most to them. In our new programme, we empower students with knowledge about energy and climate change so that they can make a difference.

May 13, 2020

A cool video game about climate change? What?

It is fun to play games and even more great when you can learn something from them! Planet Watch is a virtual game about the health of planets from all over the universe, and their health depends on… you.

May 04, 2020

Students become Solar Champions in our new programme

Imagine a learning programme where students get to create unique PV-system designs, engage in lessons about geography and the sun, make critical comparisons to form a decision and sharpen their presentation skills. While all of these learnings centre around bettering their school and doing good for the environment.

Apr 29, 2020

A fun way to learn about energy from home!

Learning about energy has never been easier! Our partners at Switch Energy Alliance have available online a full documentary about energy and we have the teaching guide to support it.

Apr 27, 2020

Learning facts on energy to take meaningful action

As a new week begins so does the opportunity to learn some facts on energy! Arm yourself with powerful knowledge so that you can take informed action and make the world a better place.

Apr 20, 2020

How our schools learn from their solar electricity data

In an unusual turn of events, one school in 2017 opted to pay more for their solar electricity than their mains electricity. The Dassett Church of England Primary School in Southam, Warwickshire struck this atypical deal to pay one pence more per unit (kWh) of electricity for their solar electricity than their mains electricity. Why did they do it?

Apr 15, 2020

Teaching Climate Change and the Impact of COVID-19

After getting your fill of chocolate eggs, check out some wonderful teaching resources to look at how to teach sustainability during these difficult times.

Apr 13, 2020

How much solar can fit on your school’s roof?

Find out how much solar power your school’s roof could generate with solar panels! We have a handy online tool that lets you design a solar panel system for your school: the Panelizer.

Apr 08, 2020

Tracking changing energy use patterns

As we all are adjusting to spending much more time at home, new trends are arising. For example, our energy consumption patterns are changing, and utilities are having to respond. What new patterns can we observe using our electricity charts?

Apr 02, 2020

This video lab is great!

Being at home while your school is closed, we have some interesting videos for you to watch!

Mar 31, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Over the last few days we have been working to deal with the challenges presented by coronavirus (COVID-19). The good news is that the sun will keep shining and panels will keep generating clean electricity regardless of the virus. As all our team can and regularly has worked from home, we can continue to support you as usual.

Mar 19, 2020

Our new partner in New Zealand: World Solar!

Solar Options for Schools Ltd. (SfS) and World Solar are pleased to announce its partnership to empower the children and students of New Zealand to actively fight climate change via energy and sustainability education packages funded by solar panels on each school.

Feb 11, 2020

What do you think about sustainability?

Be a part of SEEd’s UNESCO research project and share how you feel about sustainability in a short survey.

Jan 24, 2020

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 15, 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 students, started a solar project on their school.

Jun 27, 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 31, 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 20, 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 08, 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 02, 2019

5 things every student can do to fight climate change

Understand the challenge. Know your Power. Know your facts. Think Global. Act Local. Start Now.

Mar 28, 2019

Solar panels funded by music festival

Solar panels to be installed on our schools in the next few months will be partly funded by festival goers.

Jan 29, 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 23, 2019

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 26, 2018

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 07, 2018

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 17, 2018

We’ve made sustainability education a top priority

Our Education website goes live! Last month, Sarah, Communications Manager for our sister company in Germany, represented the Solar for Schools at the World Environmental Education Congress in Vancouver, Canada.

Oct 16, 2017

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 10, 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 14, 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 22, 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 21, 2016

A solar panel installation... in a language you understand!

I can admit now to feeling some apprehension when I was first offered a role at Solar for Schools. Of course, I loved the concept and I really embraced the ethos of the company, but the technical stuff….

Jan 11, 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 02, 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 30, 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 19, 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 04, 2015

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 11, 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 10, 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 30, 2015