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Community Energy Strategy? The Solar Schools are on the case...

This Monday sees the publication of the government’s Community Energy Strategy. After months of hard thinking, head scratching, and evidence gathering, DECC will reveal how they want to promote and support communities owning and generating their own power all over the UK.

We’re hoping the strategy will encourage more people to produce their own local, clean power. But, we can’t help noticing that while the government and the press are busy discussing community energy, our Solar Schools are just getting on and doing it. In the words of Richard Craft from Fitzmaurice primary school, Wiltshire, ‘we're doing something about climate change, not sitting around talking about it. Help us generate our own clean energy’.

Climate change: meet your match

Sam's Conker shy

We’re very happy to announce that the wonderful Ilmington School in Warwickshire is our newest Solar Schools Superstar!

Ilmington is a small village school with just 103 students, but demonstrating that old adage of quality over quantity, these pupils are powering the project forward towards their £17,000 target!

Since launching just a few weeks back, they’ve already challenged themselves with a sponsored silence and a cake bake. Sam, aged 6, donned his wonderful wizard outfit and set up a conker shy that raised £56! Events in the pipeline include a student-led sponsored swim in January and a school-led sponsored football shoot-out.

Osborne: 'Ambitious carbon cutting hurts business!' Actual businesses: 'Ambitious carbon targets please!'

If you flick through the Times today, keep an eye out for this ad.

It's calling on the government to stick to our ambitious national carbon cutting targets, a portion of which are up for review next year.

We've joined a whole range of businesses and organisations in putting our name to this.

The tiny grey-on-grey text is hard to read at this size, so I've typed it out below, with a few annotations. Hover over the underlined text to read my explanation:

Why we're not stressing about today's clean energy cuts

Solar Schools: distinctly unflustured

If you've been following the news today, you might have caught a scary story about cuts to government support for wind and solar power.

The news has got a few people worried about what this means for their home solar panels and community energy projects like Solar Schools, and the good news is that these changes aren't nearly as bad as today's stories suggest.

Long story short, the government has spun the story to make a modest subsidy tweak look like a major attack on renewable energy, presumably to get the anti renewables lobby off their backs. 

Here's a couple of key points that have mostly been missed in the media reports: