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Solar Schools

Why Solar on Schools?

We're putting solar panels on schools, to showcase what's possible. Going solar has great benefits for both climate and communities! 

But this competition is not just about solar panels, and the benefits. It's also about shining a light on the roadblocks. Getting solar on a roof in Ireland is really hard. We want to change that!

To get just one solar panel on a roof of a school, you need to apply for planning permission. And the rules are really strict.

And even if you succeed in getting solar - the excess energy you generate goes back to the grid for free. But with a feed-in-tarrif you could be making money by selling your excess energy back to the grid for a fair price.

But there's hope!

Last year, 5 schools won our solar schools competition and this year we'll have up to 16!

Each school can switch over to Community Power - Ireland's first ever energy provider that not only supports community energy - it's powered by community energy. With Community Power, Solar Schools can sell their excess energy back to the grid for a fair price.

And you can switch to Community Power too!

Just like Solar Schools we can all save money and carbon.

For the Love of Solar - Act Now!

Help us change the rules so every school can be a solar school.

For the Love of Solar

Take our e-action to change the rules!

Use our e-action to email your TDs, asking them to take action to change planning regulations so that schools and community buildings can install solar panels, without the added expense of seeking planning permission.


Switch to Community Energy!

Make the switch today, change your electricity provider and help power Ireland's clean energy revolution.

Community Power offers fair, consistent, transparent and competitive rates to both customers and renewable energy generators.

Solar Schools Competition

National Competition - Primary & Secondary Winners across Ireland.

Thanks to all the amazing schools who took part in Solar Schools 2020, and to everyone who voted in the online vote. 

The winners for Solar Schools 2020 are:

Primary Schools


Guardian Angels, Blackrock, Co Dublin
St Brigids National School Grange, Co Carlow
Scoil Naomh Brid, Co Donegal
Mercy Moyderwell, Tralees, Co Kerry

Runners Up
Holywell ETNS, Dublin
Oxmantown National School, Co Offlay
Kilglass National School, Co Galway
Anabla National School, Co Kerry

Secondary Schools
St Pauls CBS, Dublin
St Peters College, Co Wexford
Colaiste Chroi Mhuire, Co Galway
Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel, Co Tipperary

Runners Up
The Kings Hospital, Dublin
Sacred Heart Secondary School, Co Louth
Regina Mundi College, Co Cork
Colaiste Einde, Co Galway

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