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Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have awarded £100,000 to the environment charity Friends of the Earth to support its vital campaigning to promote clean energy and protect nature.

This funding has helped Friends of the Earth to launch its new Run on Sun campaign, which aims to make it easier for schools to run on solar power.

Friends of the Earth today unveils a new infographic showing the financial, practical and environmental benefits of schools being powered by solar energy.

The charity calculates that schools can each save up to £8,000 per year through solar panels – meaning more money to spend on facilities like libraries, playgrounds and nature gardens.

It says if all schools in the UK were run on solar power, every year they could collectively save enough money to pay the salaries of more than 6,000 teachers, produce as much energy as burning 100,000 tonnes of oil, and save as many carbon emissions as taking 110,000 cars off the road for a year.

In the first few weeks of the campaign around 180 schools have already signed up to find out more about getting solar panels. Momentum is gathering after the publication of a new ‘How To’ guide that simplifies options for schools.

Tracey Pritchard, Friends of the Earth’s Head of Fundraising, said: “We are very grateful to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for the welcome funding boost that they have provided for our vital campaigning work. We’ll use this money to help schools to save thousands of pounds through clean energy – look out for solar panels going up on a school near you soon.”

Kate Pearson, Deputy Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “People’s Postcode Lottery is charity lottery supporting both people and planet and we are delighted that our players are able to support Friends of the Earth. This vital funding will be used to help transform the energy supplies in schools and communities enabling clean electricity to be generated.”

Welcoming Friends of the Earth’s new ‘How To’ Guide, Pippa Pemberton, School Governor, Powys, said: “This is a fantastic resource to help schools combat climate change and enhance their budgets. Going solar is an all-round win!”


Notes to editor:

  1. About People’s Postcode Lottery:
  • People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery. Players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for charities and good causes local to them.
  • People’s Postcode Lottery is an External Lottery Manager and manages multiple society lotteries promoted by different causes supporting a range of good causes. For details on which society lottery is running each week, visit
  • Postcode Lottery Limited is regulated by the Gambling Commission under certificate nr 829-N-102511-007 and 829-R-102513-008. Registered office: Titchfield House, 69/85 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4RR
  • People’s Postcode Lottery players support the following Trusts – Postcode Green Trust, Postcode Care Trust, Postcode Culture Trust, Postcode Animal Trust, Postcode Heroes Trust, Postcode Global Trust and People’s Postcode Trust. These Trusts are funded entirely by players and support a variety of good causes. For further information on each charity, visit:
  • 50p from every £2 ticket goes to good causes and players have raised over £43.3 Million for good causes across the country
  • There are five draws a month with prizes every day and each ticket costs £2 – paid monthly in advance by direct debit. For further prize information, visit:
  • Maximum amount a single ticket can win is 10% of the draw revenue to a maximum of £400,000
  • Players can sign up by Direct Debit, credit card or PayPal online at, or by calling 0808 10-9-8-7-6-5.
  1. Friends of the Earth’s new Run On Sun campaign aims to make it easier for schools to save thousands of pounds through clean energy. Research shows schools could save up to £8,000 per year with solar panels – more money to spend on other things. But many schools struggle to afford the upfront costs of solar panels, which is why Friends of the Earth is calling on the Government to allow schools to borrow funds. Solar schools are the first step in making better use of clean energy right across our towns and neighbourhoods. For more information and to help schools go solar,
  2.  Friends of the Earth’s new infographic demonstrating the full potential for UK schools to run on sun will be available shortly at
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