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Friends of the Earth Award

Funding boost for Run on Sun campaign

Players of People's Postcode Lottery have awarded £100,000 to the environment charity Friends of the Earth to support its vital campaigning to promote clean energy and protect nature. This funding has helped Friends of the Earth to launch its new Run on Sun campaign, which aims to make it easier for schools to run on solar power.

Friends of the Earth have unveiled a new infographic showing the financial, practical and environmental benefits of schools being powered by solar energy. The charity calculates that schools can each save up to £8,000 per year through solar panels – meaning more money to spend on facilities like libraries, playgrounds and nature gardens.

It says if all schools in the UK were run on solar power, every year they could collectively save enough money to pay the salaries of more than 6,000 teachers, produce as much electricity as burning 100,000 tonnes of oil and save as many carbon emissions as taking 110,000 cars off the road for a year.

In the first few weeks of the campaign around 180 schools have already signed up to find out more about getting solar panels. Momentum is gathering after the publication of a fantastic new 'How To' guide that simplifies options for schools.

Tracey Pritchard, Friends of the Earth's Head of Fundraising, said, “We are very grateful to players of People's Postcode Lottery for the welcome funding boost that they have provided for our vital campaigning work. We'll use this money to help schools to save thousands of pounds through clean energy – look out for solar panels going up on a school near you soon.

Kate Pearson, Deputy Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery said, “People's Postcode Lottery is charity lottery supporting both people and planet and we are delighted that our players are able to support Friends of the Earth. This vital funding will be used to help transform the energy supplies in schools and communities enabling clean electricity to be generated.”

Welcoming Friends of the Earth's new 'How To' Guide, Pippa Pemberton, School Governor, Powys, said, "This is a fantastic resource to help schools combat climate change and enhance their budgets. Going solar is an all-round win!"

To find out more about this fantastic campaign visit the Friends of the Earth website or download this infographic (pdf, 604KB).

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