How does Solar Schools work?
There are a number of options out there that look to help schools overcome financial barriers to renewable energy and become cleaner, greener places for pupils to learn. The most common of these are so called 'rent-a-roof' schemes where a third party effectively rents space on a school roof to install panels that they own - allowing the school to enjoy cheap energy, while the panel owner keeps the feed-in tariff.
While these can be a great option for lots of schools, especially those with a very large roof, we (and the many schools we’ve worked with!) feel they miss an opportunity to use the excitement of a solar installation to leverage a whole range of other benefits. By providing schools with the tools, training and support they need to crowdfund the cost of panels, not only do we help schools keep all of the financial benefits (and avoid any long term contracts), but the fundraising itself creates an incredible opportunity. The schools and their pupils on our project build networks, develop new skills and give each and every member of their community the opportunity to feel a sense of ownership over a clean energy project.