“Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I’ll remember.
Let me do it, I’ll understand.”

“Dígame, yo lo olvidaré. Muéstremelo, lo recordaré.
Déjeme hacerlo, yo lo comprenderé.”

Plugging into the Sun logo


British-built Zephyr S

The British-built Zephyr S has smashed the existing endurance record for un-refuelled, unmanned flight by staying aloft for 25 days, 23 hours and 57 minutes using our amorphous silicon solar cell technology.

Model Solar Plane Challenge

Stephen Winkworth’s publisher friend Peter Usborne came up with the challenge to design a model plane powered by photovoltaic cells early in 2017.
Read the article

Workshops / CPD

We can put together workshops tailored to your needs to demonstrate the applicability of renewable energy and sustainability topics in achieving National Curriculum Science and Design & Technology outcomes at primary and secondary levels. Our senior trainer has had many years’ experience in this field and is appropriately qualified and SRB registered.

Sustainability & Climate Change

Reducing your energy requirement not only saves you money, it reduces your carbon footprint to limit climate change and conserve resources for future generations.

Inland Revenue Tax Benefits

A scheme introduced by the Inland Revenue allows any individual to nominate a charity to receive their tax repayments as a donation. For the purposes of the scheme the Schools and Homes Energy Education Projects unique code is AAP70PG and will be listed on the Inland Revenue’s website. For more information on how to nominate The Schools and Homes Energy Education Project, please contact the Inland Revenue for an application form.

Solar Cells

Solar cells
UNI-SOLAR® flexible triple junction multi-layer amorphous silicon thin-film high performance cells developed originally by Stanford Ovshinsky and his colleagues at Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.

How Solar Roofs Work – An educational animated blog post detailing how solar roofs transfer energy from the sun and provide power to a house.

Hot House

Encourage your students to investigate concepts of heat transfer through our Education curriculum resource we have developed called the Hot House. It is designed for conducting practical experiments in thermal and acoustic science.

Conduct practical enquiries with the Hot House, a bespoken science based resource to investigate physics concepts of heat transfer at KS3/4. View video

Solar STEM curriculum resources

We offer a range of educational resources, such as kits, components and teaching aids to contribute to the latest curriculum demands. A redesign of website is nearly done. The new design will allow teachers, home educators, parents and young people to easily access our solar STEM resources and activities.

Sheffield/South Yorkshire Listening/Focusing Group

I am now working to organise Zoom Focusing sessions. You may join any one or more of these moderated-by-me sessions. Please let me know if you are interested and I will send you an email with the Zoom meeting ID link and password. It is free to participate. However, due to GDPR guidelines I will need your permission to keep you on my email list or not. If you haven’t used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download and install the Zoom app that I will send you. You can install it to your laptop, tablet or smartphone. This takes few minutes – the time depends on your device and internet connection speed – and then the Zoom meeting video link will open up on your screen. You may have to wait for me to start the meeting, if you are joining early. Do allow sufficient time (about 10-15 mins) for this one-off first installation, so that we can start on time.

There is no fee. Must register to attend. Listening and Focusing skills can give people the means to delve in and discover what action they could take in decision making, problem solving, creativity, self-assessment and conflict resolution. Visit our website.

Contact for further information or to join the group. View this link for additional details.

Solar car design challenge

Take the design challenge! Our range of solar powered kits help teach design, maths, physics and practical skills in a fun way which will motivate and engage students.
Stenden University solar car case study

A national solar race, combined with activities for youngsters and children also was held at this time.

Mini solar boat challenges

Sheffield solar boats gallery

Annual General Meeting

The Joint AGM of Schools & Homes Energy Education Project/Solar-Active & Recovery Insulation was held on 22nd May 2019:

The Challenge of a Zero Carbon Lifestyle: Bigfoot – Little Foot – Barefoot

Annual Report 2019

AGM Report 2019

Engage Science Done Right Conference

Mastery assessment or looking to make your schemes more engaging. David Garlovsky provided a session at the Science Done Right conference, from ENGAGE and science upd8, to help teachers upgrade their practice, implement a 5-year big ideas curriculum, mastery assessment or looking to make schemes more engaging. Saturday 11 March 2017, Open University, Milton Keynes. Presentation
Virtual Car Assembly

Virtual Car

Try your hand at building and racing our virtual car – it works in the dark!

ASE National Conference Reading 2020

ASE National Conference Reading 2020 – further details


Build solar car/boat using solar cell that has output under diffuse light. Guide to build recycled cardboard water rig. Our STEM resource uses a problem solving approach that focuses on application of scientific concepts in relationship to climate change. Free CD, and/or memory stick of resources and a guide to run solar challenges.

Report on Session 1 2019: Sustainability & skills in science

Report of sessions in 2018 where 15 people attended from: Malta, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, UK, Norway, China and Hong Kong.

Report on Session 2 2019: Plugging into the Sun

What does Solar-Active do?

What does Solar Active do?

Solar-Active – Schools & Homes Energy Education Project, is an independent not-for-profit company and registered charity.

We have developed unique STEM-based educational resources, workshops and projects for young engineering minds in sustainable development, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, as well as a range of working demonstrations to gain an understanding how solar energy works.

Sales & Components

See our Shop to see our range of kits and components that can be used as part of practical sessions led by a teacher or our trainer to allow students to practice construction for themselves and learn engineering and scientific principal first-hand. Take the design challenge and work out how you’re going to build yours!

Let there be darkness

LED security lights effects on trees and green city landscape:
Human and wildlife circadian rhythms, mental well-being, road safety and the view of our night sky

A paper written by David Garlovsky (BSc, MSc, Certificate in Social Phenomenology)
was presented at the International SEEDS Conference 2017: Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society Healthy Environments, Buildings and Spaces, Leeds Beckett University, UK

The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness of the potential impact on urban and rural areas of blue-rich LEDs to ensure that city designers and arborists make informed decisions about the choice of street and road lighting. There is a growing trend for urban areas in the UK, USA and elsewhere to change over-roadway and residential lighting from high-pressure sodium [HPS] to blue-rich LEDs, often simply on the basis of saving energy, yet without health- or environmental-impact assessments. Energy-saving measures need to be linked to health and ecology considerations.

The views presented in this paper are from a historical perspective based on research conducted in 1974 by the author and the Chicago Audubon Society in the City of Chicago and from a recent literature review of research. The research showed that blue-rich LEDs’ effect human health and well-being, wildlife circadian rhythms, road safety and the view of our night sky. It is crucial for local communities be involved in deciding how streetscapes, including trees and lighting, are planned, managed and maintained.

Let There Be Darkness 2017

How street lighting has an impact on building landscape design and how and where gardeners and farmers can plant.


Inno-Therm® logoInno-Therm®/Metisse® is an ‘eco’ thermal and acoustic insulation made from recycled cotton/denim fibres. Recovery Insulation has manufactured Inno-Therm® and as a social enterprise donates % of profit to the Schools & Homes Energy Education Project to conduct renewable and energy/cost saving activities.

School/Home Energy Cost and Saving

No one like paying utility bills. Our website has information and advice to help you control your energy costs by limiting mains energy usage and tapping into the free energy sources provided by nature.

RISE Award 2016

Design support by James Wigglesworth for Solar-Active received a RISE AWARD 2016 (Research-Innovation-Sustainablility-Enterprise) for the poster submitted in the Education and Training category: Up-skilling the UK workforce in Renewable Energy Technologies sponsored by Knauf Insulation. See the poster, key points and certificate.

Energy Calculator

Use the Energy calculator to estimate how much money you could save by changing the type of lamp you use.


SOON TO COME: Fitting the planting, identification and care of trees into the Curriculum: Specifications from the National Curriculum KS3 &4 and STEM.
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