A Woking Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman is backing an environment charity’s campaign in a bid to help schools save thousands of pounds by installing solar power.
Chris Took is supporting Friends of the Earth, who estimate that schools could each save up to £8,000 a year by going solar, freeing more money to spend on libraries, playgrounds and trips.
Solar power would also help tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions, and provide an opportunity for children to learn about clean energy.
But at the moment, schools struggle to access the finance required because of borrowing restrictions.
The charity’s Run on Sun campaign is aiming for all schools to have the facility of being solar powered and is calling on the Government to make it easier for them to install solar panels.
Speaking at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Glasgow, Mr Took said: “This is a great idea. If every school installed solar power, they could save more than £200 million a year, while generating a lot of clean energy. We need to make it easier for every school to go solar.”
Friends of the Earth Renewable Energy Campaigner, Anna Watson, added: “It’s really great to have Chris Took backing solar panels for schools.
“The potential is enormous and, with his support, we can help more schools to save money through solar power, bringing renewable energy right into the heart of our towns and cities.
“The Government should make it possible for every school to run on sun, starting with cutting the red tape that stops schools from accessing finance.”