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Competition Info

National Competition - Primary & Secondary Winners across Ireland.


Why Become a Solar School? 

  • Lead the change to a clean renewably-powered future and help Ireland play its fair share in tackling the Climate Crisis.
  • Save money on bills.
  • Learn about the benefits of renewable energy.
  • Learn about renewable energy policy in Ireland.
  • Gain knowledge of the political system in Ireland & how to engage with politicians.
  • Help demand easier access to renewable energy for all schools!
  • Gain skills for engaging with media. E.g. writing press releases, local radio interviews.


Thanks to all the schools who have entered the 2020 Solar Schools competition.   The deadline for submitting applications has now closed. 

An online public vote will commence on Monday 24th February until Friday 28th February.  The link will be shared on this site on Monday morning. 

More Information Available on Competition Flyer Below:

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Further enquires contact Triona on or call 01 639 4652



*At least 8, and up to 16 schools will win solar panels for their school in 2020. The final number will depend on the level of grants available by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). 2020 will be the first year schools will be eligible to apply for grants for solar panels from the SEAI under their Communities Grant programme. Details of the Communities Programme will be announced in November 2019.

**There is a uniquely Irish rule that makes putting solar panels on schools extra challenging. Planning permission. Schools need to apply for planning permission to put up even one solar panel. Everyone agrees this needs to change! Minister Murphy has promised in the Climate Action plan to change it by the end of 2019. We will wait until this rule is changed before we install any solar panels (to apply for planning permission would add about €3,500 to the cost, and we'd rather spend that money on more solar panels).

Winning schools will receive a 90% grant AND all of the support needed to negotiate putting solar on their roof. Each winning school will be required to fundraise for the final 10%.

Did you know you can enter your Solar School competition idea/project into the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards under the Climate Change, Energy or other categories? For more information check out or  or contact Susie at


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