Hartlepool school aiming to win solar power competition

Karen Scott, West Park Primary School's Eco School teacher, with some of the pupils.
Karen Scott, West Park Primary School's Eco School teacher, with some of the pupils.

A Hartlepool school is appealing for public support as it chases a competition prize.

West Park Primary School has reached the national final in this year’s M&S Community Energy competition to win £40,000 of funding to create Hartlepool’s first Solar School.

The school now has to collect as many online votes as possible to win.

If successful they will have a professionally installed solar installation covering the school roof which will generate electricity for at least the next 25 years.

Mandy Hall, headteacher at the school said: “For a Hartlepool school to reach the final of a national competition like this is an amazing achievement, the children and staff have worked really hard over the past few years to become a green flag Eco-School, to win this competition would be the jewel in the crown, and I would like to thank everyone who has voted so far.”

The application was put together by Hartlepower CIC on behalf of the school.

Paul Hewitson, a company director, said: “We developed the application based on a much wider vision for Hartlepool, an idea that all schools, colleges and community buildings should have much cheaper operating costs through solar panels and other renewable energy technologies.

“A solar school would be a first for Hartlepool, bringing financial and educational benefits for our younger generations. I would encourage everyone who has an interest in Hartlepool to get behind us and vote, it takes a couple of minutes and is free.”

Voting closes on September 30. To place your free vote, visit either www.hartlepoolsolar.co.uk or www.mandsenergyfund.com/project/28356/

Heidi Morrison, whose son attends the school, has been drumming up as much support as she can via social media.

She said: “This is a really tough competition, we are an underdog up against entries from cities across the country.

“If the Hartlepool and north east community can get behind us we really do stand a chance of winning, so please vote.”