Solar for schools – an educated choice

Independent schools, academies and state primary and secondary schools up and down the country are discovering the merits of solar power for themselves and getting gold stars in energy efficiency. 

Your school could enjoy lower bills, extra income and support your drive towards energy efficiency.

EnergyMyWay are specialists in renewable energy installation ? accredited, knowledgeable and committed to finding the right solution for your school.

We have worked closely with independent and state schools across the country and installed Solar PV on over 50 UK educational establishments.

How your school could benefit from solar panels:

  • Lower electricity bills

The amount your school will save on electricity bills depends on the number of solar panels you choose to install but most schools we have installed Solar PV for have seen a reduction of more than half of their annual electricity bills, saving them £000?s per year.classroom

  • Generate a guaranteed income

The Government?s Feed in Tariff (FiT) scheme means that your school can expect to receive revenue from any unused energy produced by your solar PV panels. This is guaranteed for a period of 20 years and could see your school earning in the region of £7,000 per annum*. More money for your school means more to spend on essential equipment.

  • An environmentally friendly choice

They say that actions speak louder than words so what better way for your school to teach being green than by powering it in a sustainable way. Solar PV will reduce your school?s greenhouse gas emissions significantly, what?s more by addressing the issue of climate change your students will gain knowledge of the importance of renewable technologies.

Solar PV installation at Academy school

Dartmouth Academy, in Devon was keen to reduce its running costs and also hoped to generate some extra revenue for the school. They approached EnergyMyWay, to set up the right system for them.

?EnergyMyWay proved to be knowledgeable, professional, willing and above all interested in the project being a genuine success.?

Simon Rushton, Dartmouth Academy

We installed a 46 KWp Solar PV system, consisting of 184 panels, that has been a great success for the school. It has resulted in an annual bill saving of £3,300 and income from the FiT scheme of £6,700 p.a.Pupils_walking dartmouth academy resized

That means that the school can expect an incredible £200,000 return over the next 20 years* ? imagine how many textbooks that could buy!

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What next?

If you?d like to enjoy the benefits of Solar PV at your school, you should consider the following:

  • Finance

EnergyMyWay can advise you on the different ways to finance a new solar installation. Financing arrangements should comply with Local Authority and EFA requirements.

  • Find a rated installer

A good quality local installer is essential. Like EnergyMyWay, they should be experienced and MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) qualified. A company that has fitted Solar PV in schools is also helpful as they will understand the way that electricity is used, and work around your school timetable.

  • Education

Consider what educational aspects could run alongside the project. From science to maths – the installation could be a great practical teaching aid.

power to the pupilsFind out more

The Government department of Energy and Climate Chance has further information on Solar PV for schools.

For useful information on how to get started, a solar installation checklist, and information about funding and financing, download this PDF.

Get impartial advice from solar for schools experts

For impartial advice or to arrange a site survey of your school to review your potential for Solar PV or other renewable energy, please call us on 0845 371 3181 or send us an enquiry.


*Return is calculated using combined bill savings and subsidy earnings. Bill savings are calculated using estimated energy usage and either the electricity price at the time of installation or, for our heating products, the existing fuel type available to the property.

By: Louisa Stockley