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Welsh schools reach Generation Green final for a chance to win energy makeovers worth up to £150,000

Four schools from across Wales 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 compete in front of crowds in a ‘dance-off’ outside St David’s shopping centre in Cardiff this Friday (10th July) in the Welsh final of the competition. It is after their designs for an energy-saving school of the future were shortlisted from nearly 500 entries nationwide.

 

The primary schools are Ysgol Esgob Morgan School from St Asaph and Radyr Primary School from Cardiff. The secondary schools are Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls and Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School from Beddau. 

  

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

 

In the final, the two primary schools and two secondary schools will each perform an energy inspired dance to win equipment 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.

 

Prizes

  

The winning secondary school will win an energy makeover worth up to £100,000, while the winning primary school will be awarded 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 and helping to kit out schools with the latest energy saving tech.”

 

Lynda Campbell, Regional Director for Wales at British Gas, said: “Congratulations to all four schools for reaching the British Gas Generation Green final. I am really looking forward to seeing their energetic performances.”  

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

  • There are four competition regions; Wales, Scotland, the North West of England and Yorkshire and Humber.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.
  • For more information visit: http://www.generationgreen.co.uk
  • Pavegen is an innovative flooring technology that converts kinetic energy from movement and footsteps into renewable electricity. 

 

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 www.britishgas.co.uk.


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