Schools win £9,000 'pot' for solar panel funds thanks to Good Energy

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.

Twenty two 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.

Now three schools have secured a share of £9,000, which they’ll use towards the purchase of solar panels.

“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 excited 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 from Good Energy.

Once the artworks were completed, an on-line vote using Facebook was used to select the winners.

“ 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 from 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!”

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 them £1,000.


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About Good Energy

Good Energy is a fast-growing 100% renewable electricity generation and supply company, offering value for money and award-winning customer service. An AIM-listed PLC, and founder member of the Social Stock Exchange, our mission is to support change in the energy market, address climate change and boost energy security. Good Energy matches over the course of a year all the electricity its customers use with power from renewable sources. Good Energy has consistently been ranked top or second in Which? energy company customer satisfaction surveys for the past four years. Good Energy’s dual fuel tariff is cheaper on average than the standard tariffs sold by the ‘Big Six’ before discounts. Good Energy invests in renewable energy including wind, solar and early investment in Tidal Lagoon Power.

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About Solar Schools

Solar Schools is a comprehensive fundraising toolkit that helps schools to raise the money they need to install their very own solar panels including:

  • A webpage on the Solar Schools site (, designed by experts to make it easy to donate online.
  • Free printed resources like banners, posters and stickers.
  • In-depth training sessions on everything from fundraising to press work.
  • How-to packs, case studies and videos to help along the way.
  • Staff support and mentoring throughout the journey

Schools on the Solar Schools project installing a 10kWp system could make an average of £1,110 a year from Feed in Tariff payments alone.


About 10:10

10:10 is a not for profit, carbon cutting campaign that was established in 2009 off the back of the hugely successful climate change documentary “The Age of Stupid”. We started simple: unite the whole of society around one goal, cutting our carbon by 10% in 2010. Our first year saw huge results - from businesses completely overhauling their travel policies to councils investing in super-efficient heating systems, British embassies around the world hitting as much as 60% by making smart use of video conferencing to even the government getting involved, saving £13m of public money on their energy bills. Today, we run a range of projects – from hands-on energy saving advice to bright, bold community energy schemes – all united by their positivity, ambition and razor-sharp practical focus.

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