Case Study

Windmill School

The project:

Windmill school is based in Headington, and is one of our larger primary schools, teaching 570 pupils between the ages of 4 and 11. Windmill Primary has had huge academic success in recent years, with Headmistress Lynn Knapp taking the school from being rated inadequate in 2007 to now being one of the few Oxford primary schools awarded Outstanding by Ofsted.

We’re delighted to be able to put local power in the hands of a local community who are already doing brilliant work on sustainability. There are a number of environmental community groups in the area, including LCH shareholder group Low Carbon Headington, and the school itself has a Silver Eco-Schools award, with two students from each year on the eco committee. It’s fantastic to add to this work by enabling the school to generate green electricity, reduce the community’s carbon footprint and inspire pupils to learn more about energy and climate change.

In addition, the school receives fantastic support from the Windmill environmental parents group - who collectively have considerable energy expertise, and have helped lead energy efficiency initiatives within the school. We're also delighted local community group Low Carbon Headington are fully behind the scheme!

Photos / map / Impact

  • Windmill Lower Dsc 0691
  • Windmill Upper Roof Dsc 0688
  • Windmill Inverters Dsc 0705
  • Windmill Pvsol Model
  • 26 kWp installed capacity
  • 104 Solar panels
  • 21,110 Annual generation (kWh)
  • 20 year agreement to host Low Carbon Hub solar PV project
  • 17% of the school's electricity needs met on-site
  • 25% discount to the site on solar electricity purchased
  • ZERO cost to the school for the term of the project
  • 188 tonnes CO2 emissions to be saved over the project life
  • £12K savings to the school electricity bills over the project life

Work with us

  • James Ochiltree Projects Executive Low Carbon Hub Team 500
    James Ochiltree
    Projects Manager
    01865 246099
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