Solar powered schools have a great summer in 2018

As you’ve probably noticed, it has been fairly sunny in Oxfordshire recently! 

This means that at the moment some of our solar schools who are getting most of their electricity from their solar panels. They are not only using renewable energy and cutting CO2 emissions, but they are also saving money! 

Percentage of electricity currently coming from solar panels: 

  • Didcot Girls – 70%
  • Long Furlong – 80%
  • Rose Hill – 65%
  • Windmill – 77%
  • Wood Green – 83%

We were able to build these renewable energy projects thanks to the support of our investor Members, of which there are now over 800. But we want to do so much more. 

We have recently launched a new community share offer to raise a further £1m to put solar panels on more schools and organisations across Oxfordshire, helping schools reduce their energy bills whilst reducing the county’s impact on climate change.

We have already confirmed that Longfields Primary School will be the first to benefit from receiving solar panels with the money raised from this new community share offer. We will install panels that will generate over 40,000 kWh of clean electricity a year, saving over 15 tonnes of CO2 from being emitted.

Green electricity generation currently benefits from the Feed-in Tariff, which enables the initiative to offer schools cheaper electricity and for the projects to make a surplus, 100% of which is used to support local community action on climate change.  The Feed-in tariff closes for new registrations in March 2019, so the race is on to get as many schools installed with solar panels before the deadline.