School in Dollis Hill launches drive to raise £15k for solar panels
PUBLISHED: 12:12 08 October 2014 | UPDATED: 12:14 08 October 2014
A primary school in Dollis Hill has launched a fundraising mission to raise £15,000 for solar panels after winning a place in a national project.
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Junior School in Dollis Hill Avenue, aims to install the energy-saving devices on its roof as part of the innovative Solar Schools project.
The school is only one of 15 to gain a place on the scheme this year, after more than 260 registered their interest.
The project, run by the carbon cutting campaign 10:10 in partnership with 100 per cent renewable electricity company Good Energy, provides schools with all the free tools and training they need to crowd fund the cost of installing solar panels.
Once installed the panels will generate clean electricity, help cut the schools energy bills and generate additional income which will be spent on school resources and equipment.
The school is aiming to raise enough to buy three panels which could earn more than £2,000 annually for the next 20 years.
Steve McGrath, the school’s headteacher, said: “Having solar panels could save us £1,500 a year which we plan to spend on books, school trips and other resources.
“We’re hoping the whole community is going to get behind us, we’re doing our bit to tackle climate change and teaching our pupils about the importance of saving energy!”
So far, schools on the project have raised more than £400,000 and it’s expected they’ll break the half-million barrier this academic year.
For more information visit www.solarschools.org.uk.
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