We don't just hand out the Solar School of the week crown to any old Tom, Dick or Harry. So, if you're looking to attract the attention of the team and join the hallowed halls of fame, you could do a lot worse than following these top tips:
Ok fine, Millbrook Primary kind of ran away with this one...
On Thursday 14 February, Mechteld Blake - the phenomenal driving force behind Pendock Primary's Solar Schools project - had the pleasure of telling 43 suitably chuffed pupils, that after just 18 weeks of hard work - highs and lows - their tiny school had raised a phenomenal £9,170.
Alongside a plethora of events and community fundraising, the team invited businesses to do their bit to help the pupils of Pendock grow
up in a clean, green solar school. And it's an opportunity that Good Energy wisely didn't want to miss. After the Pendock team got in touch with them to tell them what they were up to, they decided they wanted to do what they could to see the school succeed and donated an incredible £3050, which saw Pendock sail over their target.
With just a few months to fundraise for a brand new solar roof, our 30 Solar Schools celebrate every new donor that pops up on the website.
But, some donations come with more fanfare than others.
Last week, after nearly four months of hard work, profits from a snowy sponsored run made Barnes Primary School in Richmond the first of this year's Solar Schools to hit their fundraising target!
When I tell people I work in climate change I think it’s fair to say assumptions are made… and those assumptions wear tie-dye and eat mungbean salad. It’s not surprising really that Bollywood nights, fireworks displays and generous lawyers don’t immediately spring to mind. But that is exactly what I love most about Solar Schools – it’s a far cry from a traditional carbon cutting campaign and it achieves so much more as a result.
Every few months, we advertise intern positions here at 10:10. These are unpaid (£10 a day for expenses) roles in different teams within the office - everything from communications to campaigns and fundraising.
While we're proud of the opportunities we offer, we're very aware that the world of interning is a murky one and that rightfully, we, like anyone else offering unpaid work, must be open to scrutiny.
It's an issue pretty close to my heart, having started out here at 10:10 as an intern and now co-ordinating the intern programme that we offer. You could suggest that leaves me somewhat biased, but I like to think it means I have a bit of experience from both sides of the fence.
So given the huge amount of negative coverage around unpaid work, with everyone from MPs to Tesco and the Diamond Jubilee facing public criticism, why do we, as an organisation that's trying to make the world better, continue to offer unpaid work in a city as expensive as London?
It’s hard to believe, but it’s only four months since the newest addition to the 10:10 family - Solar Schools - stepped gingerly out into the sun.
For a (super cute) reminder of what it’s all about, watch the video below!
We’re thrilled to say that our schools have already raised over £70,000 to become cleaner, greener places for pupils to learn. Against the backdrop of a recession and a turbulent time in the solar industry, we think that’s pretty incredible!
It may be getting chilly outside, but at our Solar Schools across the UK, things just keep heating up (I'm sorry, I'm sorry, blame the festive season)! Our first school has just hit its target - huge congratulations to E.P. Collier Primary School in Reading!
This is a brilliant result, and it's all thanks to their incredible donors, who pitched in generously to help a school do something amazing. Santa would be so proud!
This time last month we were like parents at a school gate, sending our youngest off into the big wide world. The Solar Schools website went live and our pilot schools got the ball rolling on their fundraising journeys.
The weather might be cooling down but the project is definitely heating up and the first month has been a busy one! Thankfully, the initial response has been incredible! We like to think the BBC know a good idea when they see one so we were pretty chuffed with their coverage of our launch night ("the best night EVER" according to one attending pupil!).
The 10:10 team joined some very excited schoolchildren, our partners including Mumsnet and early supporters of the project to celebrate the launch of our newest carbon-cutting brainchild. As if all that wasn’t exciting enough, our lovely friends from Firefly brought their own version of energy high jinks with a combination of electricity generating bikes, solar panels and one of their newest products - the ‘TeedleGen’ seesaw generator (as you can see the pupils loved it).
If you feel like there are a lot more solar panels around these days, you're not wrong – Britain is in the middle of a full-scale solar boom.
This is mostly down to the Feed-in Tariff, a generous subsidy scheme that pays panel owners for each unit of electricity they generate, and there are now hundreds of companies offering cut-price (or even free) panels in exchange for a share of the subsidy payments.
These schemes are great at getting panels on roofs, but we think there's a missed opportunity here – what if a school could own the panels outright, banking 100% of the Feed-in payments, and taking full financial and educational advantage of their lovely sunny roofs?
At 10:10 we've dreamed up a unique project that we think does just that.