KATE Green, MP for Stretford & Urmston, has backed a Friends of the Earth campaign to help Trafford schools to save thousands of pounds by installing solar power.

The environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth estimates that schools could each save up to £8,000 per year by going solar – more money to spend on libraries, playgrounds and trips. They would also help to tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions, and provide an opportunity for children to learn about clean energy.

The charity’s Run on Sun campaign wants all schools to be able to be powered by solar power. It is raising awareness of the benefits and signposting schools to different funding methods, as well as running a national competition for schools to win solar panels.

Speaking at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester, Ms Green said: “This is a fantastic initiative. If every school in the UK was run on sun they could save over £200 million pounds per year, while generating clean energy at the same time.

“I have written to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, to ask how he will be supporting schools who wish to back this initiative.”