For a small school on the edge of Dartmoor, like Christow Primary, every penny counts. So why become a Solar School and fundraise for solar panels? Well, as one of their governors, Gavin Bloomfield says, "free electricity, a long-term income and reducing our carbon footprint - the question is why isn't everyone else?"
For Christow Primary solar panels are not just a great investment, but also a way to bring their community together to do something amazing. And everyone really has been getting involved, from an alumnus of a local school running their Facebook and Twitter publicity, to environmental group Greener Teign giving lots of their time to help out with the fundraising! Their mission for solar has also won the support of a local councillor, Jerry Brooks, who donated £5000 from his Invest in Devon fund.
For all of this fantastic fundraising we have decided that they deserve their moment to shine as our Solar School of the Week!
You couldn't have picked a better day to go solar. Under an impeccably blue bank holiday sky, Mechteld Blake watched a team of builders bolt the last glinting PV panel to the roof of her son's primary school.
Pendock primary in Worcestershire is among the first of this year's Solar Schools to turn its virtual panels – sponsored by parents, former pupils, local businesses and others from the community – into real ones.
But it's been quite a journey. Here's how Pendock's solar success story unfolded...
Ready to take your carbon cutting to the next level? After two amazing years, we're recruiting a new group of schools to join our Solar Schools project.
Led by a team of local volunteers, schools work with the whole community to raise the cash for their very own solar roof. Each school can take donations and tell their story through their own page on solarschools.org.uk.
This isn't just for teachers: some of the best Solar Schools teams are led by parents, governors or support staff. You don't have to be a pro fundraiser or a solar expert either: if you're connected to a school and can spare some time to make this work, we want to hear from you!
Learn more and start your application at solarschools.org.uk/apply