From initial review to long term management and climate literacy provision, we work with schools, councils, dioceses and trusts to make solar power possible at no risk to the school. We can also source grants and funding so schools don’t have to invest a penny.
Our impact so far
Clean energy generated
Students seeing solar in action
As an advisor
Solar for Schools works as an independent, specialist consultant, determining the most suitable system size based on your schools location and funding options. We then arrange surveys and planning permissions, select the equipment, choose installers, and oversee installation and commissioning. There is no risk to the school as we typically cover all these upfront costs and are then repaid from the funds raised to pay for the entire system when successful.
Although solar panels have no moving parts and are therefore inherently very safe and reliable, like all electrical equipment they need to be monitored and checked. Otherwise they can underperform or even stop working and potentially become an electrical hazard without anyone noticing. We remotely monitor and maintain each system from the savings generated by the solar panels over their 25-year lifetime. The better systems perform, the more each school benefits and the more we earn.
As an educator
A key part of our work is to involve the students in the process as much as possible, from initial review of a school online, to initial site survey and long term management of the system while providing energy and climate literacy support to the school both on site and online. There is no additional charge for this as it is included as part of our asset management services. Additional education sessions and workshops are available for a moderate charge when we do not manage the solar system.
See your school’s potential based on publicly available data by searching for it below:
Or see the potential of an entire
(Optional) Get a group of students to review your school´s roofs and improve the accuracy further by adding actual electricity consumption of the school to the Analysis..
Register your interest and we will review the school in more detail and contact you to discuss options and agree on the best way forward. There is no charge for this initial assessment..
Once we have determined what the funding mechanism will be and confirmed that it is economically feasible, we enter into an agreement with the school, trust, diocese or council to develop the project further and then fund, oversee construction and manage it for you. If at any step we determine that the project is not viable such as school roofs not being strong enough following a structural survey, we let you know and you are released from the agreement.
We help inspire and empower students by delivering energy and climate literacy education workshops and assemblies. We also provide online programmes for students to learn more about solar energy and we supply teachers with guides about our programmes.
Energy Literacy Education
It is much more than just an understanding of what´s on an electricity bill. Energy literacy means understanding the role and nature of energy in the universe and locally in our day-to-day lives and being able to strategize and conceptualise solutions for the challenges we face concerning our energy systems.Reception - Year 6
Climate Science Literacy
Arming students with knowledge about actions they can take to reduce and mitigate the effects of climate change. Climate literacy creates an awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual and community basis.Year 6 and up
Workshops and assemblies
The workshops and assemblies are provided free of charge for schools whose systems we manage. They are either delivered by our small in-house team of educators or one of our growing network of education partners around the country. Additional workshops can be ordered at a small charge of £100 and additional assemblies can be booked for £75, plus travel costs (minimum booking of 3 workshops and/or assemblies per visit)
Lead students through surveying the school building to help to move a solar project forward. We provide guidance about what to look for during the inspection and best ways to involve and empower students. Utilising our online surveying tool, your findings will be captured and as students engage in project learning. (in development)
Where does the energy come from??
Together, different energy sources are identified, and they are categorized as renewable and non-renewable. Students complete different activities that help them apply their newly gained knowledge to deepen their understanding about energy and its sources.
As a group, we work together to identify electrical devices and appliances. Where is electricity used in the classroom or at home? Students engage in different activities to highlight where electricity is used and identify where it can be saved or replaced by non-electrical devices. Advanced: students calculate how much electricity is being used at home or in the classroom.
Let´s play Energy Jeopardy!
Students receive a brief summary about the science of energy. They then compete in a game of Energy Jeopardy to test their knowledge. This is a fun way for students to apply their knowledge about energy and to learn new facts about energy around the world.
Solar Champions (Offline Activity)
Students learn about the sun and how we use its energy. Using aerial photographs, students cut out and paste solar panels on to buildings that have not yet gone solar, learning about how solar panels work and why they help a school become more sustainable.
Solar Cell Experiment
The build and efficiency of solar panels is tested by experimenting with different types of solar panels. Instead of just learning about how a solar cell works, students measure the output of the solar panels and identify the qualities important for solar energy generation.
Solar Introduction Assembly
An inspiring introduction to how solar energy works and why it is important. Students are engaged in an interactive presentation about solar and how a school uses electricity.
Energy Introduction Assembly
Students are presented with a thorough introduction to the topic of energy: what is it, what are its forms, how do we use it in schools and what are future energy challenges (and some solutions!).
Our classroom uses how much electricity?
In small groups, students use metering devices to take different measurements of electrical use of appliances in their classroom. As a class, they discover which devices in their classroom uses the most electricity. Advanced: Students can calculate the environmental impact of the use of certain appliances. Requirement: students need access to electrical outlets and should be able to easily unplug and re plug-in at least 4 electronic devices in the classroom.
Climate Literacy Programme
We provide programming to help your students develop an awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis. These workshops are in development. Please inquire for more details.
Carbon Introduction Assembly
The science of the carbon cycle and climate change are briefly discussed. Identifying local parameters, the presenter gives students an idea of the area’s carbon footprint, and students are engaged in creating solutions to reduce their carbon footprint.
Frequently asked questions
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