Our School Services


    LESS CO2 Energy Efficiency programme - a year long workshop-based support programme offering peer mentoring, expert advice and resources to empower and equip staff to make changes and improvements to their school to reduce their energy usage, save money on bills and lower their CO2 emissions.

    Free Solar Rooftop surveys - to assess the suitability and potential CO2 and financial savings of school buildings for your school.

    Solar Schools - a comprehensive solar installation service to power your schools with community-owned, discounted green electricity.

    Energy efficiency audits - schools signing up for the LESS CO2 programme or a free solar rooftop survey will also have the opportunity to apply for a grant to pay for a detailed energy audit of your school estate.

    Read on to see which of the following free services might best suit your school.


    A programme designed to help schools become more energy efficient. Through four half-day workshops spread through the year, peer mentoring, expert advice and free resources, staff are empowered and equipped to make changes and improvements to their school to reduce their energy usage, save money on bills and lower their CO2 emissions.

    It's a free programme available to any school, regardless of whether you are council run, an academy or independent. On average, schools that participate save £2,600 and 10 tonnes of CO2 in the first year.

    The programme is delivered by the charity Ashden. The Low Carbon Hub was a winner of the 2016 Ashden Award for Sustainable Communities and we are thrilled to be working with them to bring this programme to schools in Oxfordshire.

    We have had our first cohort successfully graduate from the programme in 2018. The 2019 programme started in September with schools from across Oxfordshire attending to cut their energy use. If you'd like to express interest in the programme or sign up, just go to: http://www.lessco2.org.uk/


    A rooftop survey is the first step to understanding whether solar PVs are right for your school - and realising the potential CO2 and electricity savings they could bring. This is a free service we offer to Oxfordshire schools as part of our commitment to encouraging the uptake of solar PV across the county.

    We arrange surveys and make applications for grid connections and planning.

    We draw up a legal agreement through which you lease us your roof space.

    We do all of this at no cost to your school.

    To arrange your free, no obligation, rooftop survey, contact info@lowcarbonhub.org


    If your school's buildings are suitable for solar PV we can help you with making that potential a reality. If your school has access to your own funds you may choose to install and own your own panels. Alternatively you can partner with us to bring community-owned renewable energy to your school. This is how it works. We:

    • manage the whole project
    • fully fund the installation by creating an investment opportunity via a Low Carbon Hub Share Offer
    • sell the electricity the panels generate to the school at a discount, saving you money on your bills
    • sell any surplus clean energy to the grid. The revenue the panels generate pays for the solar installation and maintenance, and for investor returns.

    Our solar schools therefore get solar panels at no cost to yourself, as well as smaller electricity bills, enabling you to focus resources on educational priorities.

    We reinvest 100% of our own surplus revenue into our Community Benefit Fund.

    We know that schools are extremely busy, so we maintain and project manage the installation from start to finish over the full 20-year period.

    To find our more about our Solar Schools programme please contact info@lowcarbonhub.org


    When you sign your school up for either the LESS CO2 programme or a free solar roof survey, you become eligible to apply for grant funding for further energy efficiency support. This could be an in-depth energy audit carried out on your schools building or expert telephone based support to identify and deliver the energy saving measures that are most appropriate for your school.


    Whichever activity you pick, tackling your school's energy use is a wonderful way to engage your students and your local community to think about their own relationship with energy, and the role we all have to play in protecting the planet.

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

Site Location Project type Case study
Botley School Botley, OX2 9JZ Solar PV Visit page
Brookside Primary School Bicester, Solar PV Visit page
Bure Park School Bicester , OX26 3BP Solar PV Visit page
Charlbury Primary School Chipping Norton, OX7 3TX Solar PV Visit page
Cheney School Headington, Oxford, OX3 7QH Solar PV Visit page
Chilton Primary School Harwell (nr. Didcot), OX11 0PQ Solar PV Visit page
Didcot Girls' School Didcot, OX11 7AJ Solar PV Visit page
Edward Feild Primary School Kidlington, OX5 2LG Solar PV Visit page
Fir Tree Junior School Wallingford , OX10 0NY Solar PV Visit page
Langtree School Reading, RG8 0RA Solar PV Visit page
Larkrise Primary School East Oxford, OX4 4AN Solar PV Visit page
Longfields Primary and Nursery School Bicester, OX26 6QL Solar PV Visit page
Long Furlong School Abingdon, OX14 1XP Solar PV Visit page
Middle Barton School Nr. Chipping Norton, OX7 7BX Solar PV Visit page
Nettlebed School Nettlebed, RG9 5DA Solar PV Visit page
Orchard Fields Community School Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 0QT Solar PV Visit page
Rose Hill Primary School East Oxford, OX4 4SF Solar PV Visit page
Sir William Ramsay Academy Nr. Wycombe, HP15 7UB Solar PV Visit page
Sonning Common Primary School Sonning Common, RG4 9RH Solar PV Visit page
Stonesfield School Stonesfield , OX29 8PU Solar PV Visit page
The Warriner School Bloxham, Nr. Banbury, OX15 4LJ Solar PV Visit page
Thomas Reade School Abingdon, OX14 3RR Solar PV Visit page
West Kidlington Primary School Kidlington , OX5 1EA Solar PV Visit page
Wheatley Park School x2 Holton, Nr. Wheatley, OX33 1QH Solar PV Visit page
Windmill School Headington, Oxford, OX3 8NG Solar PV Visit page
Wood Green School Witney, OX28 1DX Solar PV Visit page
Wykham Park Academy 1 Banbury, OX16 9HY Solar PV -
Wykham Park Academy 2 Banbury, OX16 9HY Solar PV Visit page