The government's Energy Bill (as in a new law concerning energy, not the envelope from the power company that thwacks onto your doormat every quarter) is the biggest shake up of the UK's energy system for decades.
My memories of school are, by and large, fond ones but I, probably like many people, have not had any contact with these places of my childhood since I left. That’s all about to change though - I've emailed my old school to suggest that they apply to take part in Solar Schools.
Being involved in the project makes me totally biased, sure, but I wish there had been something like this to get involved in when I was at school.
Checking the school’s website I’ve found my favourite science teacher is still there. The rest of the names mean nothing to me but it has been cough a few years since I left!
I'm hoping my old science teacher remembers me ... I imagine teachers only really remember the unruly students and the overachieving whizz-kids! I didn't fall into either of those categories but even if he doesnt remember me, the Solar Schools idea speaks for itself!
"Wow, I had no idea those things actually worked!"
"Are you really powering everything off that one panel?"
If you've ever been to a 10:10 event, you might have spotted a solar panel or two in the corner keeping us powered up. Zero-carbon electricity's always been an obvious choice for us, but recently we've started to notice another benefit: seeing the panels in action can also change other people's attitude to solar power, and clean energy in general.