Schools win £9,000 for solar panels

16th April 2015
Posted By : Jordan Mulcare
Schools win £9,000 for solar panels

A trio of schools in the south west and south east have triumphed in a 'get creative' Good Energy and 10:10 Solar Schools competition this month. 22 schools from across the UK were given the chance to win one of three cash prizes to go towards buying their own solar panels in the competition, which encouraged them to ‘get creative’ with their thoughts and ideas around renewable energy, solar power and climate change.

Once the artworks were completed, an online vote using Facebook was used to select the winners. Now three schools have secured a share of £9,000, which they’ll use towards the purchase of solar panels. The top prize of £5,000 was won by All Saints and St Richard’s Primary School in Sussex. In second place, winning £3,000, was Georgeham Primary School in Devon, with Calstock Community Primary School Cornwall in third place, securing £1,000.

“Good Energy believes that renewables have a really important part to play in the UK’s energy future, and we know that the schools are really exciting about getting their own solar panels. So we wanted  entrants to produce some artwork, sculpture, poetry, prose, collage, whatever creative avenue they wanted to choose, to illustrate what these topics mean to them,” explained Charmaine Coutinho, Good Energy.

“The schools were already working really hard as part of 10:10’s Solar Schools project so it was great to see so many of them get involved in this opportunity, with the support of Good Energy, and embrace the use of social media in this way,” said Cecily Spelling, 10:10 Solar Schools.

“There was a fantastic range of ideas, from wind socks to dioramas and poetry. Well done to all those that entered, all the students involved and congratulations to the winners, now for the final leg of fundraising!”

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