Your school can benefit from free solar through a Power Purchase Agreement or take advantage of an exclusive Energy Efficiency Financing scheme from the Carbon Trust to give you an operating solution with the benefit of being cash flow positive from day one.

For more details on education in the public sector, please visit our public sector page.

We have extensive experience in the education sector having worked on various university sites, colleges, academies and schools all over the UK; installs are generally advised out of term to minimise any safety concerns and disruption to the students and staff.

Some educational clients are in a position to self-fund a solar PV system, however, with school budgets typically not supportive of large capital investments, we have two attractive options to help your school enjoy the benefits of energy technology and save money on energy bills.

Free solar for schools

Educational premises are associated with having large buildings, often spread across multiple sites. With ample roof space available, most clients are eligible to take advantage of a free solar PV system through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and enjoy the benefits of reduced energy bills and be protected against future energy price rises.

The above link will give you more detail about a PPA but in principle your school can have a solar PV system installed and maintained for free over a typical 20-40 year term. With the feed-in tariff payments for generation going to a nominated 3rd party, your school will in turn purchase any generated electricity from us at an agreed price per unit; much cheaper than your current energy supplier, saving you money on your bills.

Exclusive energy efficiency financing for education

The Energy Efficiency Financing for schools (EEF) scheme is an operating solution to allow your school to invest in energy technology such as solar and LED lighting without any upfront costs and still benefit from both bill savings and the Government’s feed-in tariff payments.

With the solar PV system funded by Siemens Finance, in return, you pay a fixed monthly operating cost that is more than covered by your bill savings and feed-in tariff payments, making you cash flow positive from day one. Visit the EEF link above for more details and to see a working example.

EEF is only available through an exclusive group of ‘quality’ installers (including Oakapple Renewable Energy Ltd) in the UK and is targeted specifically to the education sector to help schools become more sustainable.

Save the environment and achieve the Green Flag award

Although energy bill savings are generally the main motivator for schools to invest in energy technology, it is becoming more desirable for schools to employ a level of sustainability and environmental awareness; energy technology installations such as solar and LED can be a huge contributor to achieving the Green Flag environmental award.