Action on Carbon and Energy in Schools (ACES)

Funding available for Oxfordshire schools to save energy: interest-free Schools Energy Efficiency Loan

Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) has launched an interest-free Schools Energy Efficiency Loan to enable OCC maintained schools to finance the installation of energy efficiency measures that will help reduce energy use.

Maintained schools can now apply for a OCC loan of up to £70,000 to install LED lighting and/or solar PV. We understand that each school has its unique energy requirements, which is why we offer the flexibility to choose either LED lighting or solar PV, or both, based on your specific needs and priorities.

By taking advantage of this loan, your school can make significant progress towards energy efficiency while simultaneously helping to reduce operational costs.

To receive the application pack for the loan scheme, please send us an email on:

To find out more, we organised a webinar exclusively for interested schools on Thursday, 6th July at 4pm. This webinar served as a platform to learn more about the loan, its benefits, and the steps involved in the application process. You can watch the recordings of the webinars here.


When can I sign up?

The scheme is open and applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.

How do I sign up?

ACES is available to provide advice and support to schools in applying for the loan. To receive the application pack for the loan scheme, email us at:

When will applications close?

The application window for this loan scheme will close on the 31st October
or sooner if oversubscribed.

Is permission from the building owner required?

Yes, permission from the building owner is required for works. A form is in the application pack.

I have another question, where can I go to for support?

Loan scheme support is arranged through ACES – please email us at for the application pack.

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