Solar Energy

In Wheatley and Littleworth

In 2014 Sustainable Wheatley and Wheatley Park School worked with Low Carbon Hub to install 195 solar PV panels on its maths and media blocks. This is part of a scheme that is managed by Low Carbon Hub and funded by community investors through a share offer that offers a good return on investment, reduced energy bills for the school and also provides an income stream for other community energy projects around Oxfordshire.

The current total offer will save a total of 385 tonnes CO2 per year and it is expected that Wheatley Park contribution will be 18.5 tonnes per year and 369 over the projects life time.

We also found out that as a village in the summer of 2014 there were currently around 600 domestic solar panels on buildings in Wheatley and Littleworth.

Sustainable Wheatley helped initiate discussions between Low Carbon Hub and Wheatley Park School plus we also promoted the share offer to local residents through a community energy event and other promotional routes.

We are very proud of what has been achieved at the School. You can find out more about the project here.

We have just received the first official bills and we are surprised at how much information it gives us on the two sets of installations. Not only have we saved over £250 in our first quarter for these two buildings, but they have produced enough electricity to generate 30 houses for a year. It is also clear to see how much can be saved and re-distributed during the summer months, we feel as though we are making a real contribution to green, clean energy for the area.Kevin Heritage - Estate and Facilities Manager