Solar Schools - Voting Time!
Polls close 5pm Friday 28th February 2020
We need your help, so that we can help more schools to become Solar Schools. We are looking for 4 primary schools and 4 secondary schools across Ireland who have come up with best best idea for a project to engage their community and make a real change on Climate Action.
To vote, click on the buttons below, and 'like' your favourite video. The schools with the most 'likes' will progress to the judging round with our panel of independent judges.
There are 4 regional areas, and there will be a primary school and secondary school winner in each region.
1. North Western Region (Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Monaghan Roscommon, Sligo)
2. Leinster Region (Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow)
3. Dublin Region (Dublin City and County)
4. Southern Region (Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford)
Polls Close 5pm Friday 28th February 2020
*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.
**There is a uniquely Irish rule that makes putting solar panels on schools extra challenging. Schools need to apply for planning permission to put up even one solar panel. Everyone agrees this needs to change! Minister Murphy promised in the Climate Action plan to change it this by the end of 2019, but he didn't. 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%.
Solar Schools is grateful for the support from the following organisations.