Run on Sun is Friends of the Earth’s campaign to boost the use of solar power in the nation’s primary schools. Every community has a primary school, so this is the ideal opportunity to raise the visibility of clean renewable sources of energy as the only long-term solution to the country’s energy needs. It also proves we don’t need to consider dirty energy sources such as unconventional gas.
Current Government spending rules prevent schools from borrowing to raise the up-front installation costs of solar panels, which makes no financial sense in the long term. Many schools could benefit immensely via the feed-in tariff, with a potential annual income of up to £8000 for them to spend on activities, equipment and outings for their children. We are calling on the Government to change its policies and free up funding in order to let schools ‘Run on Sun’.
Friends of the Earth have also produced an information pack for local schools to find out more about this campaign. You can order the information pack online.
Inspired by Friends of the Earth’s Run on Sun campaign, a group of volunteers came together last year to found Greater Manchester Community Renewables (GMCR), with the aim of starting a community energy revolution in the home of the industrial … Continue reading
We’ve been working with 100% renewable electricity supplier Good Energy for 10 years. This year, they directly supported our environmental education festival, Base Camp.
Remember 2014? One Direction were still a five piece, Sharknado 2 had just come out at the movies, Michael Gove was still education minister and the Department for Energy had big ideas for solar power. It was a heady time.
If schools could borrow money for solar panels they could save up to £8,000 a year while producing the lovely clean energy that we desperately need.
Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and The Solar Trade Association have published an open letter to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, saying that solar power could be cheaper than fossil fuels in the next Parliament – but only with … Continue reading
Caroline Flint, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has said today (Monday 22 September) that the Labour Party would make it easier for schools to install solar panels, by removing restrictions on access to finance.
Primary schools across Greater Manchester are being urged to take part in a competition to win solar panels, crowd-funded by Friends of the Earth supporters. The competition invites pupils to submit creative entries, such as artwork or film, demonstrating why … Continue reading
This is a fantastic opportunity, so we’re really keen to reach as many primary schools as possible. Please get involved and nominate a school to run on sun.
Reacting to new figures released by the Government yesterday, showing that just 49 large solar rooftop systems have been accredited under the UK’s feed-in tariff in the last six months, Friends of the Earth’s Renewable Energy Campaigner Alasdair Cameron said: … Continue reading
Let our new infographic walk you through the numbers. Friends of the Earth calculates that schools could each save up to £8,000 per year through solar panels. This means more money to spend on facilities like playgrounds and nature gardens.