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Published on December 26th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


Solar Schools’ First School Gets Solar Roof Funded.. 3 Months Early


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I wrote about a cool Solar Schools program in the UK a few months ago. Basically, the program involves getting communities to fund solar power systems on their local schools. I recently got the news that the first Solar School in the program hit its target… three months early!

Simon Beaufoy takes E.P. Collier over the lineSimon Beaufoy stopped by the 10:10 Solar Schools website and bought a row of tiles on E.P. Collier Primary School’s virtual solar roof this month to put it over the target. Simon was the lucky resident to add the sponsorship that brought the total to critical amount, but it was a great number of people and organizations that donated the £10,000+.

10:10, the organization behind Solar Schools, noted that E.P. Collier “ran cake sales, discos, curry nights and quizzes, and attracted hundreds of small donations from local people, ex-pupils and even a few 10:10ers.”

Check out the donors to E.P. Collier’s real solar roof via its virtual solar roof page.

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  • Phil Swift

    Excellent to see positive coverage of this to create greater awareness of local independence in the face of increasingly unstable global energy sources, Cheers Zach

    • Zachary Shahan

      Yeah, love this project :D

  • Anonymous

    This is a great article, I have often thought would something like this be possible. It makes sense to put solar on our schools, not only for the savings, but to increase awareness in the community. I wonder where one starts in organizing something like this?

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