Solar for SKS!

Impact data and claims within this report are provided by the project creator and have not been independently verified by Spacehive.

Solar for SKS!

Alston Moor Community Energy By Alston Moor Community Energy

Installing solar panels on the highest all-through school in England! It will save the school money, educate the pupils about climate change, and reduce the school's carbon footprint.

Alston Idea stage

This project is preparing for fundraising. Click Like to show your support, or Follow for updates on this project's journey.

Alston Moor Community Energy is raising funds to install solar panels on the roof of Samuel Kings School in Alston. The school has XXX pupils, is located in the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Eden, Cumbria. The project has been designed to cut the school’s energy costs, but will also be used to educate pupils on climate change, and reduce the school’s carbon footprint. Similar projects have been successfully delivered all over the U.K. – such as the 10:10 Solar Schools programme, which installed PV on 80 schools around the country. The project will cost around £25,000. We only need £9,000 from donations. We’ve already raised some funds from Cumbria Action for Sustainability, and we’re aiming to raise £9,000 from community donations. We will use these to demonstrate support for the project, which will enable us to raise the remaining funds through grant applications.

What we'll deliver:

  • 22Kw Solar PV system
  • In school display of the energy being generated
  • Appropriate signage to acknowledge funders
  • Community launch and celebration event

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 over £1,300 a year on energy; over £30,000 in the next 20 years. This can be reinvested into other school improvements, or fund trips or materials. The income from the Feed-In Tariff scheme 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 around 7 tonnes of carbon emissions in its first year, with a total of 120 tonnes saved over 20 years.

Steps to get it done:

  • January 2019 - Structural survey completed
  • February 2019 - Install commences
  • March 2019 - Installation complete
  • April 2019 - Grand opening and community event.

AMCE will own the solar panel system and lease it to the school on a peppercorn rent. 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.


Location Alston

Alston has 7 other projects and £335,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

Samuel King's School


Eden District Council

Post a Comment

How will the money be spent?Total £9,185

Equipment costs (display, panels and inverter) - £7,300 (79%)
Leases and legals - £500 (5%)
Contingency - £330 (4%)
Community launch event and plaques - £170 (2%)
Other - £885 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Equipment costs (display, panels and inverter)
Leases and legals
Community launch event and plaques
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on: The development of Alston Moor Community Energy's next project; ongoing running costs for Alston Moor Community Energy

Total £9,185

Our Wish List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and stuff to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Offer Something' button to the right to get involved.

Want to help?

Do you have stuff or skills to contribute to this project? Use this tool to offer something to the project creator.

Offer something