Primary schools across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are being offered a unique opportunity to win solar panels, crowd-funded by Friends of the Earth supporters.

The competition invites pupils to submit creative entries, such as artwork or film, demonstrating why they'd love their school to be powered by solar energy.

The winning school, chosen by public vote in the new year, will receive a solar installation free of charge. The panels will make thousands of pounds every year for the school – meaning more to spend on playgrounds, libraries and trips.

It's the first time that Friends of the Earth has crowd-funded a renewable energy project. Its new Run on Sun campaign, supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery, aims to make it easier for schools to benefit from solar power.

Friends of the Earth's Renewable Energy Campaigner Anna Watson said: "Solar panels are a win-win for schools and the environment – not to mention the kids. As well as slashing electricity bills, they're a great example of clean energy in action and tackling climate change.

"Whether it's your children's school, local school, or your old school from years gone by – nominate them today for the chance to win free solar panels!"

Pupils must enter the competition before 15th December 2014 for their chance to win. You can nominate a school to let them know about the competition - but be quick, nominations end on 24th October 2014.

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