Fair Field school in Radlett launches campaign to raise money for solar panels

Lily, 8, and Tom, 9, from Fair Field Junior School, which is looking to raise £15,000 to pay for sol

Lily, 8, and Tom, 9, from Fair Field Junior School, which is looking to raise £15,000 to pay for solar panels at the school. - Credit: Archant

A school in Radlett is launching a series of fundraisers as it hopes to raise £15,000 to have solar panels installed on its roof.

Fair Field Junior School is working in partnership with the environmental group 10:10 as part of its Solar Schools campaign, which aims to bring solar power to schools across the country.

The fundraising campaign begins on Saturday, where Fair Field will be hosting a rugby world cup final viewing at the Radlett rugby club with Tabard RFC, followed by a raffle.

Gary Freedman, the solar project manager for the parent-teacher association at Fair Field, said: “We’re a small school with big, green ambitions. Solar panels will not only provide a long-term sustainable income, but will also teach our children to understand where electricity comes from and about energy efficiency.”

With the government looking to slash the feed-in tariffs paid to solar energy producers, Gary and Fair Field managed to submit an application for solar panels just in time to benefit from the 20-year price lock on tariffs – meaning that they now need to raise the £15,000 before July next year.

He said: “Lots of school around the county managed to do the same [get the application in on the deadline], so now we’ve got the added excitement of trying to raise the money for the schemes before next summer.”

Cecily Spelling, solar project manager at 10:10, said: “We’re so excited to have Fair Field Junior School on board this year. It’s been a turbulent start to their journey with the proposed changes to solar subsidies – i.e. the feed-in tariff – but the team haven’t let it faze them.

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“I’ve got no doubt they’ll reach their target.”

According to data released by 10:10, a school that has solar panels installed saves an average of £850 per year – money that could be spent on computers, books, school trips and playground equipment.

Head down to Radlett rugby club on Saturday (31) – entry is free – or visit solarschools.org.uk/Fairfield to donate as little as £5 to help the school reach its target.