Could your school be a power station?

We’re working with Oxfordshire County Council to offer schools across the county the opportunity to assess their school’s suitability for solar panels. 

If you have links to a school in the county - as a parent, teacher, governor or member of the community - then get in touch with them and show your support for solar! 

By installing solar panels, schools can:

  • save money on their energy bills via a discount on all solar electricity they purchase;
  • cut their emissions and carbon footprint by using less fossil fuel generated electricity;
  • educate their students about renewables with access to an online metering portal with real time data about the energy generated on site
  • lead by example showing futures generation the importance of being environmentally aware and socially conscious. 

We are looking for our first 20 schools to survey before Christmas so please get in touch at info@lowcarbonhub.org if you'd like to find out more about the project. 

We pay less and we are able to learn more about being responsible citizens, so it was an easy decision to make.

Edward Finch, Head Teacher, Larkrise School​

I would recommend other schools to become involved in this important initiative in order to protect our amazing planet for future generations.

Dawn Shilston, Head Teacher, Orchard Fields School​​

Check out our Projects page to see the 25 existing solar schools who are already saving money on their energy bills and cutting their carbon emissions. 

Work with us - Community Engagement and Feasibility Project Manager

This is a rare opportunity to take a lead role in developing a visionary example of how a rural village can take charge of its own destiny and provide affordable and sustainable housing for those with a local connection to the village.  

The post-holder will lead the design and implementation of a requirements survey to identify the real local need for affordable and sustainable housing. Using the survey results, they will then work with other team members to develop site layout and suitable renewable technology options together with detailed implementation plans, costings and financing options to show how this can be delivered through a Community Land Trust with support and involvement of the community as a whole and other relevant bodies.

The post-holder will also work closely with LCH to enable the solution to be scaled and packaged for re-use on other similar developments elsewhere in the county and beyond.

This role will be suited to an energy efficiency and renewable energy professional with strong communication and project definition and planning skills and the relevant technical knowledge and experience to be able to develop new community-led business models around sustainable local housing.

0.6 FTE lead role (average of 3 days/week). There is the potential for the 3 days per week to be split across two individuals.

6-month fixed term initially with potential to extend on a rolling basis.

Principal location of work: Employed by the Low Carbon Hub (LCH) but home-based in North Oxfordshire. Regular visits to Hook Norton area and LCH at 9 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HH. 

Salary: £30,000 p.a. pro rata plus 3% employer’s pension contribution. Travel expenses are payable in line with LCH policies.

Closing date: Thursday 23 November

Interview date: Thursday 30 November

How to apply
If you’d like to join our team, the application form for this job is available for download below. To apply, please return your completed application form (also below) by email, along with a copy of your CV, to info@lowcarbonhub.org

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