Category Archives: clean energy

Solar on schools: getting through the first hurdles

At my son’s primary school in North London we have all the basic conditions needed to kick-start a solar photovoltaic panel project. It’s not always easy, but we are getting through the first hurdles and have made progress with fundraising.

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, we have a promising combination of enthusiastic parents and staff. When I first raised the prospect of installing solar panels with the Parent School Association (PSA), many were keen to help and get the children involved in educational and fundraising activities on the ‘solar’ theme. We meanwhile heard governors are supportive, too.

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Book Review – The Energy of Nations

It was with a bit of trepidation that I started to read Jeremy Leggett’s most recent book, The Energy of Nations: Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance (Routledge, 2013). Last time I read one of Leggett’s books – The Carbon Wars – it had such an impact on me that it contributed heavily to my decision to leave a promising job as a financial journalist to pursue a fascinating but less linear career in climate change policy. Continue reading Book Review – The Energy of Nations

How to kickstart a “solar school” project

There is a big effort going on at the moment in the UK to get schools to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. Campaign group 10:10 has been running a successful project called Solar Schools. Friends of the Earth recently launched its “Run on Sun” campaign, aimed at making it easier for schools to do this.

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