Solar Panels for Schools and Academies

As electricity prices surge and energy costs continue to climb, UK schools are facing heightened operational expenses, directly impacting educational funding. Schools, with their spacious rooftops, are uniquely positioned to utilise solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, leading to considerable reductions in electricity bills, improvements to your carbon footprint and ultimately the ability to use renewable energy throughout classrooms.

By installing solar panels (which generates entirely emission-free renewable energy), schools can demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability for students, parents/guardians, governors and local authorities, where this could make your school stand out in already difficult education sector.


School Solar Panel Installers

Solar Voltaics was established in 2010 and has developed an excellent reputation as a leading solar installation company operating within the education sector, especially for schools and academies. We specialise solely in solar power, so whether you’re wanting to install solar panels and PV systems, solar battery storage systems or advice on how a solar power system can benefit your school, our team can help.

Why Choose Solar Voltaics?

  • Quality Products
  • Expertise in Solar Solutions
  • Solar and Battery Installs
  • Save on Carbon Emissions
  • Outstanding Customer Service
  • Bespoke Solutions

Solar Panel Installation for Schools

At Solar Voltaics, we are committed to educating both teachers and pupils about the benefits and installation process of solar PV technology, tailored to meet their specific needs and what it offers – we also provide a competitive Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for schools looking at different finance options. Boasting over ten years in the solar industry, Solar Voltaics have been trusted by schools up and down the UK to supply solar PV panels that are cost-effective allowing you to budget extra funds for curricular resources or facilities.

Our vast expertise, experience and resources enable us to efficiently manage complex projects, ensuring their completion on time and in accordance with industry standards. Alongside our proactive Health and Safety policy and comprehensive safety measures, we protect teachers, pupils, parents and guardians, proudly maintaining a faultless safety record with zero incidents.

Solar Power Purchase Agreement Programmes (PPAs) provide an attractive option for schools looking to install solar panels and reduce their carbon footprint. By partnering with solar project developers, schools and academies can access the benefits of solar energy without the upfront costs.

If you are looking for solar PPA, solar finance information or government schemes for systems over 200KW in size, get in touch with one of our team who will be able to help guide you through the process.

Whitley Park School Reading, Berkshire

Installing Solar Panels For Schools Across The UK

Whether you’re wanting a straightforward installation on a smaller primary school with limited roof space, or are a larger secondary school that are wanting to generate electricity and a renewable energy source themselves, Solar Voltaics has the technical expertise and resources to deliver complex projects on time and to a very high standard. For schools looking to install high quality solar panels, you can expect to cut energy costs, support your local community by reducing emitted greenhouse gases, help educate students on the benefits solar panels offer to the planet and ultimately a smart investment for the future.

Our capabilities include all types of pitched roof mounted solar panels, flat roof solar panel installations and ground mounted solar for those with room in their school grounds. We have extensive experience in the installation of all major inverter brands and specialise in SolarEdge DC optimiser solutions.

Handcross Primary School SolarEdge system

286KW Solar installed for West Sussex schools using SolarEdge technology

Solar Voltaics continues to install some of the most sophisticated solar energy systems for West Sussex County Council. Systems have been installed at London Meed School in Burgess Hill, Handcross Primary School, The Brook School in Crawley and Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School in Horsham. The technical requirements for this group of schools were

Accreditations & Partnerships

How Solar PV Panels Can Help Schools

With The Carbon Trust estimating that UK schools could reduce their energy costs by around £44 million per year; offsetting 625,000 tons of CO2 per annum, schools installing solar panels presents a great opportunity for exactly that. But what are the other benefits that a solar panel system can give a school?

Our Solar Panel Installation Process

We’ve been trusted for school solar panel installations in the UK since 2010 and in that time, our team have developed industry-leading knowledge and experience what makes a solar project successful. Unlike one-size-fits-all approaches, we design solar systems tailored to each school’s specific energy needs and layout. This bespoke service ensures cost savings, clean energy solutions, and customer satisfaction, setting us apart from other solar panel installation companies working in the education industry.



A site survey will determine the suitability of your building for solar PV systems



We present the most efficient system design and output to match your energy needs



At this stage, our team can answer your questions and review options with you



Our simple agreement policy, safeguards your quote if anything changes



Solar panel installation takes place with minimal disruption to your daily activities



We can monitor and maintain your solar PV system to maximise performance

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Solar Products

Explore our range of solar products, carefully sourced from reliable manufacturers and fully certified to MCS standards, ensuring optimal performance and reliability. From advanced solar panels that harness sunlight, to cutting-edge battery storage systems, we provide practical solutions that lower costs and promote sustainability.

Solar Panel Maintenance

Solar PV systems are very reliable, but planned solar maintenance is essential to ensure continued high output efficiency. Many solar systems in the UK have been installed for several years now, some for over 5 years. Whilst most maybe running well, many owners don’t check their systems performance regularly and wouldn’t know if it was performing well or not.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do solar PV cells work?

Photovoltaic (PV) cells convert radiation from the sun into electricity.  A typical PV cell consists of a wafer of semi-conducting material, usually silicon, manufactured with two electrically different layers.  When sunlight hits the cell it excites the electrons within the silicon, creating an electric field across the layers and causing a flow of electricity.

How much electricity do solar PV systems generate?

An optimally orientated, un-shaded 1kWp array will, each year, generate approx 850kWh (units) of electricity.

Can school's continue to operate during a solar panel installation?

Yes, in most cases installing solar panels will not affect your school operating as normal. For obvious reason, we do advise that schools, academies and other educational institutes install their solar PV system outside of term times if possible.

Can schools get a grant for solar panels?

Schools in the UK can apply for government grants and incentives to help fund the installation of free solar panels. These schemes provide interest-free loans to public sector organisations for energy efficiency projects, including solar panel installations. By installing solar panels, schools can benefit from reduced energy bills and potential revenue from excess energy produced.

Where can I place my solar PV panels?

Solar panels can be mounted in a range of locations, from a roof to the ground and even bespoke frames. We install on a range of roof types, including flat roofs. Ground mounted systems use ballast or specially designed mounting frames. Solar panels are best if they are south facing, but east and west facing roofs are are suitable, although output will be slightly less. A roof pitch of between 10 and 50 degrees is best and preferably with little or no shade. If shade cannot be avoided then we can include optimisers to reduce the shading impact.

What size do solar PV panels come in?

PV systems are modular, allowing a great degree of flexibility in design and specification. The physical size of individual panels varies. Smaller output panels tend to be smaller in size and the very high output panels are much larger. The size of an array is determined by the available roof space and energy requirement of the property. We work with our customers to ensure that we provide a system that meets their requirements and available roof space.

How long do solar panels last?

Commercial solar panels typically have a lifespan of 25-30 years. They continue to generate electricity beyond this period but at reduced efficiency.

What Your School Can Expect

Payback and Returns

A school solar installation can offer a typical investment payback from 3 years onwards. The payback period depends on site electricity consumption and the retail price of electricity both now and anticipated in the future. If you provide us with a good estimate of your electricity usage and costs, then we can overlay this with the expected output of the solar PV system to determine how much of the solar energy you are likely to use. It is the combination of energy consumption profile and solar PV output that determines how useful a solar energy system will be to your school.

PV systems require little maintenance besides regular monitoring and replacement of inverters (5-10 years). In general, PV panels are self-cleaning unless your building is in an area that suffers from high dust levels, leaf fall etc.

Why Choose Solar Voltaics?

CHAS (Construction Health and Safety) & Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)

Solar Voltaics is accredited under the CHAS (Construction Health and Safety) scheme. We are experienced in working on construction sites and operating to strict safety standards.

All installations are carried out to the standards laid down by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). We are regularly audited by NAPIT to confirm that our workmanship standards are up to the required quality levels.

No Sub-Contracting

At Solar Voltaics we prefer not to sub-contract to other companies. We stand by the quality and professionalism of our installations, because we manage them all with our own professionally trained staff.


We are more than happy to put you in touch with previous clients who can vouch for how we performed for them. Our solar PV experts understand that this is good commercial practice and we have plenty of clients that we can refer you to, including public sector, private companies and institutions in the UK.

Get in Touch With a Local Installer

Call now to learn how little it takes to get started, and how much you can save when your school solar panel installation is in place.

We don’t do a hard sell. You can have as much or as little information as you like and we won’t hassle you with unwanted follow-up sales calls. Most of our commercial clients want to do their own research and due diligence and we will gladly supply any information you require regarding our trustworthiness and commercial standing.

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Bramley Barn, Main Road
West Sussex
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    • Fantastic job by the Solar Voltaics team. Very polite, professional and tidy. Would certainly recommend. Currently enjoying free energy on the evening of the installation.

    • Solar Voltaics have been superb from start to finish. So good to deal with a human company, no phone queues, quick and thorough survey, very clear explanations of the planned installation. The installers were all great, very tidy and quick. The price has been very competitive and the system is up and running well. Couldn’t recommend them more highly.

    • Fantastic from initial phone call, through to installation, commission, MCS & G99. Very helpful to the non-experts like me and always open to give advice and guidance.

      Competitive price by a very trusted business and it has been a pleasure to use Solar Voltaics!

    • Really good service and support.

    • Solar Voltaics recently installed Solar on my property very professionally from start to finish would recommend.


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