Solar powered schools campaign wins backing

Coun Gina Dowding poses with  giant suns in support of Friends of the Earth's Run on Sun campaign for schools.
Coun Gina Dowding poses with giant suns in support of Friends of the Earth's Run on Sun campaign for schools.

Green county councillor Gina Dowding is backing a campaign to help keep the lights on in schools through solar power.

The Run on Sun initiative will ensure our young can continue their education while saving money for trips, books and other educational activities.

It is estimated the cost of the system would be saved within eight years.

Coun Dowding said: “This is a fantastic initiative. If every school in the UK was run on sun it could save, nationally, more than £200 million a year, while generating clean energy at the same time. Investing in solar saves money and creates jobs and that’s why I’m supporting the aim of getting schools run on sun.”

Coun Dowding has secured a place on the county council’s cabinet working group on energy and will be putting this issue on the agenda in December. Friends of the Earth, who are behind the campaign, are calling on the Government to make it easier for schools to take out loans to install solar panels, raising awareness of the benefits of alternatives to conventional forms of energy and sign-posting schools to different funding methods whilst running a national competition for schools to win a solar energy system.

To nominate a school and learn more about the initiative, visit https://www.foe.co.uk/go/nominateschool.

Friends of the Earth say the initiative would help to tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions and provide an opportunity for children to learn about clean energy.

FoE’s renewable energy campaigner Anna Watson said: “It’s fantastic to have Gina’s support. The potential of solar power is enormous and with her support we can help more schools to save money through solar power, bringing renewable energy right into the heart of our towns.”