Radlett school’s fundraising triumph pays for new solar panels
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Pupils, parents and teachers raced against the clock to raise an impressive £20,000 to install solar panels on a junior school’s roof.
Fair Field School in Radlett exceeded their £15,000 target over nine months to fund the panels in time for a government deadline in September.
The government will now slash the feed-in tariffs paid to solar energy producers, and Fair Field managed to submit an application for solar panels just in time to benefit from the 20-year price lock on tariffs.
A dedicated team of staff, parents and pupils at Fair Field worked together to raise the funds through a variety of events including a big summer fair, sponsored bike ride, a jazz music event, and a run around the village.
The school also received help from 10:10, an environmental charity.
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The panels are set to earn the school thousands of pounds a year thanks to energy savings and the Feed in Tariff, which is guaranteed for 20 years.
They will also offset tons of carbon and reduce the school’s eco footprint.
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Headteacher Matt Johnson said: “The solar panels are a legacy that we can be proud of. The financial savings will help us to pay for books and resources for the children this year and for the next 20 years to come.”