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Tell Me, I’ll Forget. Show Me, I’ll Remember.

Let Me Do It, I’ll Understand

The Schools & Homes Energy Education Project was established in May 1993 as an initiative of Sheffield Environmental Training, a South Yorkshire environmental charity, with funding from the Department of Environment Transport and the Regions Environmental Action Fund. On 4th November 1996 it registered as a not-for-profit company, and as a charity on 15th January 1999. In 1999 and 2005 Plugging Into the Sun® trademark registration. In December 2002 Recovery Insulation®, was established as a for profit share capital company.

Schools & Homes Energy Education Project/Solar-Active has successfully developed an education method and energy efficiency and renewable energy resources. These resources support an approach to learning that focuses on stimulating student’s interest and involves real life applications of scientific concepts while providing opportunities to use inventive, creative, problem solving skills crucial to scientific and inventive thinking; making science enjoyable to learn and teach.

The resources include model solar car, boat, lorry and mini-water pump. The solar car/boat kits are powered by our unique flexible solar cells that work well in diffuse light conditions.

The model solar car kit has been specifically designed for the builder of the car to learn using their creative and inventive of any changes they make first hand. This approach is highly effective in creating enthusiasm and encouraging invention; while allowing one to gain knowledge skills through a process of trial and error; experiencing the affects and problem solving skills.

Since 2003 young people in South Yorkshire have been building solar model cars and boats as part of the EPSRC ‘Engineering a Better World’ case study [Solar Detectives] to develop their enterprise skills and enthusiasm in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics.

The QCA considers the Solar Cars/Boats used in the Solar Detectives case study to have helped pupils transfer knowledge and skills between different subject areas. The inspired engineering experience was supported by the educational method, car/boat kits and curriculum materials created by Solar Active.

CPD training workshops are conducted in our education method and how to use our renewable & energy efficiency education resources. Family workshops and courses are conducted with community/environmental organisations, young people, educational institutions (Primary, Secondary, FE/HE), professionals and the general public.

The resources also provide the opportunity to create student enterprise projects and enthusiasm in Science, Technology & Mathematics. Encouraging students to study and enter into careers in engineering and develop an understanding of the issues of sustainability, climate change and global warming. Proven useful with the hard-to-reach and fits into concept of V-A-K Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic learning.

Solar-Active provides support for Solar Challenges; using our solar car & boat, inter-active demonstrations, carbon-footprint and energy efficiency home/school surveys. The support also includes access to web based technical and teaching materials.


Help Shape the Future


We are looking for Members and Directors to help drive the project foward.

Become A

  • Copy of our quarterly newsletter
  • 10% discount in our shop

Become A

  • Shape our current and future work
  • Develop high quality resources
  • Provide training regarding renewable energy

Want to find out more?


We’re always listening and want to hear from Teachers, Parents and Students.

If you want to know anything more about the service, have an idea for a resource or are interested in a workshop, please do get in touch.

Our Partners



As a social enterprise, Recovery Insulation Ltd. stands apart from other insulation companies in donating a proportion of our sales income to the Schools & Homes Energy Education Project to conduct renewable energy and energy efficiency activities in educational establishments, youth groups and general public.

Sheffield/South Yorkshire Listening & Focusing Group

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

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