Wey Valley Schools

Community funded installations for secondary schools in Southern England

The Wey Valley Solar Schools (WVSSC) Co-operative is a community-owned energy co-operative set up by local people from the towns of Guildford and Godalming in Surrey. A 2011 share offer raised £625,000 from individual investors to put solar panels on the roofs of six state secondary schools in Surrey. The addition of a subsequent site gave an initial total generation capacity of 267kW over seven schools. Investor members have so far received annual returns of over 7%.

The Co-operative provides schools with:

  •       renewable energy free of charge or at a heavily discounted rate
  •       the ability for each school to cut their carbon emissions by up to about 20 tonnes per year
  •       an educational package to explain and monitor the renewable energy being generated by each school

In 2015 WVSSC made a second share offer to raise between £200,000- 250,000 to fund substantial extensions to solar installations at Godalming College and Beacon School of up to 285 kW, more than doubling the generating capacity of the Co-operative.

Joju Solar were delighted to be chosen by Wey Valley Solar Schools as the preferred contractor for this ongoing project and have worked closely with them to deliver their installations. We also provide monitoring and maintenance for the solar systems helping ensure that they continue to get the most energy and best financial returns across their whole portfolio.

Testimonial

“Wey Valley Solar Schools have used Joju Solar on numerous installations. They have been excellent and I recommend them. They have compared very favourably indeed with the other contractors of which I have experience. They have plenty of experience in dealing with sensitive sites (e.g. schools) and working around operating sites. They are completely aligned to the community energy movement and to find this together with technical expertise has been a real joy. Their quotes are firm and contain no hidden extras. They are easy to work with and very supportive because we are all trying to deliver the same mission.” Mike Smyth, Director, Wey Valley Solar Schools

 

 

Fox Primary School

Fox Primary School shows its cunning with solar installation.

Challenge
To install an 18kWp installation on the flat roof of this primary school in Notting Hill, Joju Solar worked with the school to secure some of the last capital grants available, totalling 50% of the total cost.

“I’d have no hesitation in recommending Joju Solar. This was an exciting project for our school and unlike other projects we’ve carried out. This meant we needed an installer we could trust and understood the issues involved in working in a live school environment. Joju Solar installed our school’s PV system on time and on budget and worked in accordance with all our requirements. I found them helpful, professional and expert at what they did. Many thanks.” Paul Cotter, Headteacher

Solution
After much planning and discussions we decided to install the system over the half-term break so as to cause minimal disruption to pupil and school life. The project consisted of 98 PV modules connected to the 3-phase supply of the building. This allowed the installation team to carry out the project with little problems.

Rewards
By generating green electricity on their available roof space the school can now expect to save over 8 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year and reduce their electricity bills at the same time.