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North West schools reach final for a chance to win energy makeovers worth up to £150,000

Four schools from across the North West of England are celebrating today after being named finalists in British Gas’ Generation Green competition, with the chance to win energy makeovers worth up to £150,000.

Pupils will go on to compete in front of crowds at the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester this Friday (3rd July). It’s after their designs for an energy-saving school of the future were shortlisted from hundreds of entries from the North West competition region.

The primary schools are Shadsworth Junior School from Blackburn and St Alban’s Catholic Primary School from Macclesfield. The secondary schools are St Christopher’s CE School from Accrington and Wellfield High School from Leyland.

The youngsters’ creative ideas included solar powered computers, bikes in classrooms to power the projectors and wearable wristbands, that charge-up when you move, to power mobile phones.

In the final, the two primary schools and two secondary schools will take part in an energy inspired ‘dance-off’ against each other to win energy-saving technology such as solar panels, LED lighting and new energy-efficient boilers.

The competition will be judged by Diversity dance stars Jordan and Perri.

The children will be awarded points for their moves as well as how much energy their performance generates, measured by a special power-generating dance mat called Pavegen.


The winning secondary school will receive an energy makeover worth up to £100,000, while the winning primary school will receive prizes worth up to £50,000. The two runners-up will each receive energy-saving technology worth up to £25,000.

The makeover could save each school up to £7,000 a year on their energy bills.

Diversity stars Jordan and Perri said: “Massive congrats to the finalists. They’ve already shown they’ve got the creative ideas and we can’t wait to see the creative moves they’ll bring to the dance floor. 

“It’s great to see how Generation Green is bringing energy to life in a fun way, helping to kit out schools with the latest energy-saving tech.” 

Brian Jackson, British Gas Regional Director for the North West, commented: “Congratulations to the four schools who’ve reached the British Gas Generation Green final. I am really looking forward to seeing their energetic performances.”  

Generation Green

The competition is part of British Gas’ Generation Green schools programme, which inspires thousands of children and teachers to think about energy and to reduce energy use within schools and the wider community. 

British Gas has invested £2.6 million installing energy-saving equipment for schools through Generation Green during the last two years, helping to save an estimated 750 tonnes of CO2.

Notes to editors

  • Generation Green is an education programme run by British Gas for school children, their teachers and their families. We provide learning resources, educational experiences and we invest millions of pounds in sustainable energy technologies for schools across Britain. We aim to inspire young people to think about energy and to reduce energy use within schools and the wider community.



  • Pavegen is an innovative flooring technology that converts kinetic energy from movement and footsteps into renewable electricity.  

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Simon Feldman

British Gas is Britain’s leading energy supplier, and serves around 11 million homes in Britain – nearly half the country’s homes – as well as providing energy to around half a million British businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Homes Services expertise in the country. Find out more at

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