Solar for Schools

Full UK Coverage

Since 2011, Custom Solar have worked nationwide to install solar systems on over 65 schools of all shapes and sizes. Enabling the schools to control their energy bills, reduce their carbon footprint and generate a future income. Statistics show schools spend more money on energy bills than text books and learning materials.

Custom Solar possess a wealth of knowledge and checkable history in the school sector - please take the time to look through our case studies.

Custom Solar are the go to company when exploring the world of solar energy for your school.

Full UK Coverage for Schools

Benefits of installing a Solar PV System at your School:

  • Reduce electricity bills and protect your School against future energy price rises
  • Cash positive from day one, saved budget can be utilised elsewhere within your school
  • Lower carbon emissions and demonstrate your green credentials to Pupils, Parents and Ofsted
  • Education sector specific funding fully approved by EFA and DECC

Funding Explained

To help schools and academies invest in Renewable technology, the Energy Efficiency Financing (EEF) scheme provided by Siemens Financial Services and The Carbon Trust has launched a unique funding mechanism, the Operating Solution.

Now available through the Schools Approved Supplier, Custom Solar.

Funding Explained
  • Save Money: benefit from 100% of the electricity savings
  • Increase income: the school receives 100% of the FIT subsidy
  • Increase income: the school receives 100% of the export subsidy
  • Fully compliant: with Schools & Academies Financing Guidelines
  • No capital outlay: and typically cash flow positive from day one
  • Trust and comfort: via an Independent Energy Assessment from the Carbon Trust
  • Education and engagement: of pupils through a working example of renewable technology
  • Eco-Schools Green Flag Award: helps the school achieve the Green Flag award
  • Helps your school meet the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive Legislation

School Case Studies


St Mary’s Catholic High School Solar Installation, Chesterfield

St Mary’s is an 11-18 Catholic Voluntary Academy serving North East Derbyshire. A thriving, highly successful and over-subscribed school with a long and well established reputation. With an outstanding record of academic achievements and examination results consistently well above the national average.

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17.25kw School Solar Panel Installation Leicester-Uplands Infant & Junior School

Uplands Infant & Junior School Solar Installation, Leicester

Custom Solar have offices in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and Leicester, many of our site staff reside in Leicester so there were no complaints about the commute to this project!  And it’s always a proud moment to see the team hard at work in our home towns.  Chesterfield it’s your turn next!!!!    

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30.99kw School Solar Panel Installation Leeds-Moor Allerton Hall Primary School

Moor Allerton Hall Primary School Solar Installation, Leeds

Custom Solar‘s Andy Stone (Customer Services Manager) may not have had much joy from supporting Leeds United over the years but this Solar PV system in Leeds managed to turn his frown upside down!  

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Schools Blog

Matthew Samantha Brailsford Environment Award Derbyshire Times

Custom Solar win ‘The Environment Award’ at the 2015 Derbyshire Times Business Awards!

We are so proud to have been recognised for our commitment to the environment at this years Derbyshire Times Business Awards, we were in good company with the very best of Chesterfield’s business community. 

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A life without Solar subsidies……

Ok folks so here it is, an honest and hopefully not too colourful assessment of solar pv in the UK.  I’ve waited a couple of days to write this because otherwise I feared it would all be effing and jeffing with a few well-placed jabs at DECC and this extremely green government!

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DJI Phantom 3 Professional Aerial of Dunston Innovation Centre

Custom Solar go airborne!

As the Solar sector continues to grow so does the interest of past, present and future clients regarding solar arrays and their placement on commercial buildings.  One of the biggest problems we face as a company, post installation is that we have struggled to take pictures that show the full extent of the installation.

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With electricity costs constantly rising, investing in solar PV is a great opportunity for Schools.

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