We provide the resources, support and training that schools need to achieve incredible things. For some, that’s turbocharging existing efforts; for others it might be the first big fundraising project their school has undertaken. We encourage our teams to be ambitious but realistic and work with them to set targets that they think are achievable. Our tools and support are designed to help schools reach beyond the usual suspects and bring a new audience closer to the school - for this project and hopefully others in the future too. Schools taking part have increased their usual annual fundraising targets approximately threefold and been amazed by the results.
"I cannot believe everyone’s generosity this last week considering how badly the village was affected by recent flooding. We’ve raised nearly as much in one week as we normally raise in a year!" Trevor Caves, Headteacher
To ensure we can support all different types of school, we provide two different funding options. For those who
want to own their own panels outright, we’ll support you in raising anything upwards of £8k. However, if that
seems unachievable for your school, there is the Solar Schools Community model where schools can raise £5k+ and we
secure the rest of the funding through a national share offer.
With both models, our schools are trying to do something ambitious and there's always an element of risk -
especially in hectic school environments! We're here to help overcome challenges and explore new avenues but, in
the event that a school doesn't hit their target, or discovers for any other reason that they can't install solar,
there is the potential to invest the money they have raised in other energy saving measures. This may still be
solar PV (for example switching from our Classic to Community model), but if not, we can help that school decide
how to spend their money wisely and communicate this to their supporters. In our experience, donors trust a
The Solar Schools project has been designed to bring lots of benefits, other than just the eventual solar installation. When a school really gets into the spirit of the project and puts the time in, we hope that even in the event of targets not being hit, they still find it a hugely rewarding process to be part of.