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Alston Moor Community Energy is raising funds to install solar panels on the roofs of Alston Primary School and Samuel Kings School in Alston. Together the schools have just over 200 pupils, and are located in the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Eden, Cumbria. The project has been designed to cut the schools' energy costs, but will also be used to educate pupils on climate change, and reduce the schools' carbon footprint. The smallest viable system will cost £22,000 whilst the largest the roofs can hold will cost £35,000. We’ve already raised £17,675 and whilst we submit some more grant applications, we’re aiming to raise at least £4,500 from the wider community - the more we raise, the bigger the system we can fit, and the bigger the savings for the schools. Every extra £250 we raise, will buy an additional solar panel.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
It will free up money to be spent on the pupils and the building. The project is estimated to save the school between £800 and £1,750 a year on energy; at least £20,000 in the next 20 years. This can be reinvested into other school improvements, or fund trips or materials. The income from the electricity generated will provide an extra £400 a year – more than is needed to cover the maintenance and insurance required. It will help staff educate pupils about climate change and what can be done to tackle it. It can sometimes be difficult to make climate change relatable when teaching it as part of the curriculum. The scheme will provide a practical talking point for staff to educate the school’s pupils about climate change, and what can be done to tackle it. It will reduce the school’s carbon footprint - The project is estimated to save between 4 to 9 tonnes of carbon emissions in its first year, with a total of between 78 and 166 tonnes saved over 20 years.
Steps to get it done:
AMCE are raising the funds for the scheme and install the scheme. The school will maintain the system, and will keep all the savings from the reduced bills, as well as the funds generated from the Government’s Feed-In Tariff scheme. Individual donations over this amount will entitle the donor to be acknowledged on a plaque installed in the school if they wish. We meed your help to make this happen, please pledge what you can!
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Well, what a fantastic result! The Solar for Alston Schools project is fully funded, and will soon be saving Alston Schools money, as well as avoiding a good chunk of carbon emissions. It's only happening because of your support, as well as lots of local fundraising efforts which we pledged in over the last week. A special mention to Pennine Ways estate agents, whose very generous donation pushed us over the line. The 27 kw solar system is now on order with Love Solar and due to be installed in half term - the week after the next! We'll be bringing you some photos and videos of the install as it goes on and once it's complete. Once again, thank you for all your generousity, and you've played a great role in transforming our community. Tim, Maxine, Sandra and Kit - the AMCE Directors
Hi Everyone! Its been a few weeks since we gave you an update on how things are going, but it's been busy! We've had a great few weeks of fundraising, as well as getting our project ready to deliver. Alongside our crowdfunding page we've had a number of donations by cash and cheque, which we'll pledge here in the following week or so. This takes the total amount left to raise to just shy of £2,000 in the last two weeks. We've also spoken with our installers, Love Solar, to finalise the arrangements for installing the scheme. Weather permitting it will be going on on Tuesday 28th May, with scaffolding going up the week before. However we need your help with a one final push - so please share our page online and talk to family and friends and urge them to donate. Its a big ask, but we're confident that with your help we'll make it. AMCE also have a good few activities planned. We've been working with some of the pupils at the school on a local music gig, and have been out speaking to Businesses around the moor to see if they are willing to donate. Finally, we need your help to claim the Gift Aid on your donations. If you're eligible to claim, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, confirming you're eligible. You also need to include your full name, address, postcode, and the amount you donated. If you've already told us you can claim, please get back in touch to make sure we have your full address. Spacehive does not ask for this as part of the standard email but HMRC need this for us to be able to claim the donations. Thanks again for your continuing support, and we'll be in touch again soon, hopefully to let you know how amazing you've been in transforming our local community. The AMCE Directors.