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Schools Energy Co-op

Schools' Energy Co-op is a co-operative created to install solar panels on schools (and occasionally other buildings) in England. Its aims are to:

• Generate renewable energy, helping tackle energy security and climate change;
• Support our schools financially and in their educational and environmental work;
• Contribute to sustainable development in our communities.

Schools Energy Co-op - What They Do

What they do

Schools’ Energy Co-op is an award winning, successful, ethical, community-based, profitable social enterprise which installs solar panels on schools. Read more

Financial performance

Schools' Energy Co-op’s business model is simple and is modular. It provides free solar panels and reduced-price electricity to schools, where a combination of the sale of electricity to a school and the feed-in tariff income or grant should be sufficient in a typical year for the site to be profitable after paying all costs.

First interest payment

October 2021

Interest accrues from April 2020

Expected return


Social performance

Schools Energy Co-op - Social Performance

Schools’ Energy Co-op launched in August 2014 and has already generated more than 4.5GWh of renewable electricity.

  • Key social performance indicator

    Over 60

    solar installations on schools

Governance and people

Who benefits

Schools Energy Co-op - Who Benefits

Through its activities of installing solar capacity onto school buildings Schools' Energy Co-op benefits the schools that host the panels by providing them with an excellent educational resource about renewable energy, the provision of cheaper than market-rate electricity and the distribution of surplus revenue.

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