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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.


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      Can you help fund solar power in the Himalayas?

      One of our volunteers, Fatin, tells us about the Global Himalayan Expedition 2017… There are many people in this world who have never even seen something as basic as a light bulb! Thus, this campaign is been set up to fundraise … Continue reading

      7th May 2017

      Support community energy in Greater Manchester

      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

      27th May 2016

      Switch to Good Energy and generate a £50 donation

      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.

      16th Jun 2015

      Sharknado and solar energy: how are they linked?

      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.

      14th Apr 2015

      Tell the Government to get out of the way and let schools have solar panels

      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.

      11th Dec 2014

      Solar could be cheaper than fossil fuels in next Parliament, groups write to PM

      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

      2nd Oct 2014

      Labour pledges support for solar powered schools

      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.

      22nd Sep 2014

      Greater Manchester primary schools to compete to win solar panels

      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

      18th Sep 2014

      One lucky primary school could win a set of free solar panels.

      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.

      16th Sep 2014

      Thousands of huge spaces crying out for solar

      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

      29th Aug 2014

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