Published on March 12, 2014
Beyond solar: How crowdfunding for panels on the roof can change behaviour on the ground. Amy Cameron, Solar Schools Campaign Manager, 10:10
TANGIBLE RESULTS OVER 750,000 TONNES OF CO2 CUTS COMMITTED
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Solar Schools in one minute
Solar Schools What is Solar Schools Helps schools cut carbon, boost budgets and teach pupils by installing solar Gives thousands of people their first positive engagement with climate change Brings communities together with new skills, confidence and networks Shifts the national conversation around climate change and renewable energy Taking part in Solar Schools was an incredible opportunity for our school, and an experience that will benefit us for years to come. Sue Jepson, headteacher, Barnes Primary School
Toolkit • Website • Online tools • Branding, pack and vouchers Mentoring • Training • Support The Solar Schools toolkit
How the giving works Online • Buy tiles or panels on the website • Add picture and messages • Share with friends and family • Give tiles as gifts
Online communication tools • A blogging platform to tell your story online • An email tool to keep in touch with your donors • Twitter integration
• The panels • Bill savings • Feed-in tariffs • Direct carbon cuts • Educational tool Solar Schools – the benefits • The project • School wide support • New skills, confidence and networks • Community cohesion • Boost school profile
Solar Schools The story so far 50 schools trained and resourced 50 communities united around renewables £350,000 crowdfunded for solar 110 staff, parents and pupils trained as the new face of clean energy 20,000 staff, parents and pupils connected to a community energy project 3486 donations through solarschools.org.uk 3500 visits
Crowdfunding, solar and attitudes Awareness raising Energy assessments “Low hanging fruit” Behaviour change Low cost measures Energy efficiency investments Insulation LED’s Renewables
Crowdfunding, solar and attitudes Awareness raising Energy assessments “Low hanging fruit” Behaviour change Low cost measures Energy efficiency investments Insulation LED’s Crowdfunded renewables Ownership Excitement Mandate
Anecdotal evidence "Solar Schools has completely re-invigorated our students approach to sustainability. We've had pupils queueing down the corridor to get into our eco-team meets and with all this new energy we've been able to get loads of other projects off the ground that we've been keen to do for a long time like setting up a gardening club, running a switch off fortnight and hosting bike repair workshops."
Early results • 84% consider the project to have been a positive experience for the school • 80% say SS has resulted in energy saving or carbon cutting activity an increased awareness at school. • 58% feel more positive about renewable energy • 47% say the project has increased their understanding about saving energy (others feel same) • 47% say the project has increased their motivation to save energy at Early results
Solar Schools: One school’s story Pendock C of E Primary School Pendock, Worcestershire
• 43 pupils • Rural village primary school • Raised £9170 in just 18 weeks (1½ term) • Installed 6.24kWp • Annual benefit: £1165 • Winner of WWF Hidden Heroes Award
• Electricity reduction of 50% over the first four months • Business and community relationships • Skills development – social media, press, events • Now fundraising for LED’s
Energy managers don’t look like they used to…
Solar Schools Applications opening soon! www.solarschools.org.uk/apply More info – firstname.lastname@example.org
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