In a great move, solar installer Engynious has joined forces with SEEd, an organization dedicated to promoting education for sustainable development in schools. The partnership will offer schools the opportunity to install a solar array at no cost and purchase the renewable energy generated at what the companies claim will be below market rate – allowing schools to ring fence their electricity costs from escalating market price rises.
Ann Finlayson, CEO of SEEd, explained:
It’s all about giving schools access to renewable solar energy. We can’t all afford solar PV, or find the time and resources to apply for it but by working with Engynious, schools have an opportunity to buy solar energy more cheaply than they currently pay for electricity and it’s a no risk, no cost option. It would be wonderful for all schools to have some solar power. That is a dream rather than the reality but given the educational gains that come from such real-life teaching opportunities, the more we can get onto to school roofs the better.
In addition to installing a solar array for free, the Engynious SEEd Schools Solar Programme will also cover the cost of all the system maintenance.
Ted Scheidegger, clean power chairman at Engynious says that he hopes the new partnership will help build relationships with schools, allowing schoolchildren to better understand renewable energy generation and the importance of sustainable life choices.
This is a super beginning to the goal of having all of our larger public institutions run on solar power – definitely a step in the right direction.