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Cardiff school wins £100,000 energy makeover in British Gas’ Generation Green competition

A Cathays primary school is set to be transformed after winning a £100,000 energy makeover from British Gas’ Generation Green competition.

The Cardiff Muslim Primary school will benefit from a number of energy saving measures thanks to the innovative ideas of its pupils.

Students put forward their ideas for an eco-school of the future, which were judged the most imaginative and forward thinking from the 124 schools that applied nationwide.

Some of the children’s innovative ideas included a windmill in the playground to generate energy, a pavement which creates electricity when walked on, and thermal-tassels draft excluders on classroom doors to keep the heat in and cold out. 

Energy saving measures 

A raft of energy saving measures will now be installed at the school to make it more energy efficient and a warmer environment for pupils and teachers.

The improvements will include solar panels fitted to the roof to generate electricity, insulation added to pipes so they are more effective at retaining heat, LED lights to converse energy throughout the building, and a monitor which shows pupils and staff how much energy the school is using on a daily basis.

It will also help teach the children how to be more energy efficient in the classroom and at home.

Lynda Campbell, Regional Director for British Gas in Wales, said:

“I’m delighted the Cardiff Muslim Primary school has won our Generation Green competition. The pupils’ designs for an eco-school of the future were fantastic, extremely imaginative and innovative, and showed how much they care about the environment and being green.

“We look forward to carrying out the transformation at the school, which will keep pupils and staff warmer, make the building more energy efficient and help them save money through lower energy bills too.”

Safina Omar, Headteacher said:

“We are delighted to have won. The competition sparked children's creativity and we were amazed by their innovative ideas. To actually see some of their ideas turned into reality will reinforce their involvement in creating an eco-friendly environment.”

For more information about the British Gas Generation Green and to register for free-of-charge learning resources, please visit:

Notes to editors

The Cardiff Muslim Primary school is the second school in the Welsh capital to have won British Gas’ Generation Green’s competition since it was launched. Bryn Deri Primary school was awarded an energy makeover in 2014.

Generation Green
Generation Green is an education programme run by British Gas for school children, their teachers and their families. The programme provides free of charge learning resources, educational experiences and we invest millions of pounds in sustainable energy technologies for schools throughout the UK. Generation Green forms part of British Gas’ ongoing commitment to inspire curiosity in young people and help bring energy to life in a fun and innovative way, while reducing energy consumption for schools across Britain.

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