Solar Panels for Universities

Invest in the future with green energy and improve your universities commitment to lower carbon emissions with Shawton Energy.


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High-quality Solar Energy for Universities

Now more than ever, solar panels for university buildings are a great investment. With volatile energy costs, a focus on carbon emissions and sustainability being a key priority, solar panels offer a simple solution.

Shawton Energy offers a comprehensive solution for universities looking to harness the power of solar energy. Our services encompass the entire energy journey, from the initial supply and installation, to ongoing maintenance of our high-quality solar panels.

Improve sustainability and invest long term to cut energy costs with our trustworthy services. Solar panels for universities can transform the way your buildings run and utilise unused roof space – trust our experts to improve the carbon footprint of your university.

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Commit to a Greener Future with Solar Energy


At Shawton Energy, we believe that universities have the power to lead the way in sustainability and environmental responsibility. By embracing solar energy solutions, you not only reduce your carbon footprint but also set an example for your students and the local community.

Our tailored solar solutions for universities are designed to maximise energy efficiency and minimise costs, allowing you to redirect resources toward your core educational mission. Join us in the journey towards a greener future, where your institution can boost eco-consciousness and act as a pioneer in renewable energy adoption.

Together, we can make a positive impact on the planet and inspire the leaders of tomorrow. See some of our previous work here.

Why Invest in Solar Panel Energy for University Buildings

By embracing solar energy, universities can send a powerful message about a commitment to a greener future and reduce carbon emissions, leading students by example.

With hundreds of university buildings using large amounts of energy which result in high energy costs, investing in solar panels can utilise empty roof space, offer a return on investment, cut costs, and reduce the impact of the volatility of current energy costs.

At Shawton Energy, we offer a unique opportunity to aid the education sector move towards sustainability, allowing universities to make a positive impact on the planet while nurturing the next generation of leaders and thinkers. Let us help your institution integrate solar energy solutions that align with your forward-thinking vision and dedication to environmental responsibility.


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Power Purchase Agreements for Universities


A beneficial way to finance solar panels for university buildings is via a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Through this agreement, the installation and maintenance costs of the installed solar panels are covered by us, so you don’t need to worry about any upfront costs.

Benefit from zero upfront costs and transform your energy usage with our services – look to a greener future with Shawton Energy.

Trustworthy Solar Panel Providers for Your University

University buildings are built to last, as is our PPA agreements which last for 25 years. Our PPA agreements offer a sustainable solution to substantially reduce energy expenses over the long term.

After the contract concludes, your university can keep the solar panel systems without any additional charges so your institution can benefit from continued energy cost savings for an additional average of 15+ years.

What’s more, our PPA service guarantees that educational institutions can enjoy the benefits without requiring any initial capital investment. We fully cover all expenses related to installation and continuous maintenance.

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Investing in Renewable Energy With a Solar Power Purchase Agreement

The escalating costs of electricity and increasing volatility in energy markets present substantial hurdles for universities trying to control their operational expenses efficiently.

At Shawton Energy, we fully acknowledge the pressing necessity for practical and affordable energy alternatives for higher education establishments. In response, we have developed custom-tailored solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) specifically designed to meet these challenges.

Our comparative graph illustrates the financial impacts of maintaining traditional energy sources compared to adopting a solar PPA solution.

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*This data is taken from the previous 15 years and using the relevant findings from the Office for National Statistics

Power Purchase Agreements Vs Buying Solar Panels Outright

To make an informed choice that fits your institution’s objectives and budget, compare the key benefits of a solar power purchase agreement (PPA) with a direct solar panel purchase below.

Power Purchase Agreement

vs buying outright

  • Upfront Funding Required
  • 25-Year Extended Warranty
  • Maintenance Included
  • Accelerated Investment Return
  • Ownership From Day One

Buying Outright

vs Power Purchase Agreement

  • Upfront Funding Required
  • 25-Year Extended Warranty
  • Maintenance Included
  • Accelerated Investment Return
  • Ownership From Day One

Find Out More About Solar Power Purchase Agreements

Want to find out more about how a Solar Power Purchase Agreement can help with your transition to renewable energy? Find out more information on our page, or to check your eligibility, call us today on 01925 794 874.

Benefits of Choosing Solar Panels for University Buildings with Shawton Energy

Opting for solar power energy in university buildings can massively help improve your carbon footprint. Some of the main benefits include:


No Upfront Capital Needed – We cover the initial costs of installation and maintenance for 25 years.

A Greener Future – Reduce your carbon footprint and save on energy costs by utilising solar energy.

Invest Long-term – Save money and energy costs long term by investing in solar panels for university buildings. Heating and electricity costs can be massively reduced by solar energy.

Renewable Technology – Lead by example for students wanting to live sustainably.

Bespoke Design Solutions – Our solar panels are designed, fitted, and installed for your exact needs.

Budget Friendly – At Shawton Energy we understand the importance of budget-friendly solar energy, which is why our costs are low.

Straightforward Installation – We design and install seamless solar panels for university buildings which fit the overall design.

Energy Independence – Reduce reliance on grid power by investing in solar energy.

Innovative Renewable Energy Solutions for Universities

We extend our expertise in renewable energy beyond conventional solar panel installations, catering specifically to the unique needs of university institutions. 

Our commitment is deeply rooted in providing a broad spectrum of advanced solar solutions, ensuring that each university’s specific energy requirements are met with nothing short of precision and innovation.

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EV Charging Stations, Solar Carports & Battery Energy Storage Systems

Integrate sustainable practices into your campus with our comprehensive solar energy solutions. 

Solar Carports – Dual-purpose solar carport structures that not only generate solar power but also provide shelter for vehicles. This innovative approach maximises space utility, reduces energy costs, and contributes to a greener campus environment.

Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations – As the shift towards electric vehicles accelerates, we offer solar-powered charging stations. This aligns with the sustainable movement in transportation, providing a practical solution for the growing number of electric cars on campus.

Battery Energy Storage Systems – Enhance the reliability and efficiency of your solar energy use with our state-of-the-art battery storage systems.

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Explore the incredible benefits and advantages of solar panels for university buildings with Shawton Energy.

Our team is ready to take you through all of our available options, helping you make an informed decision that could transform your energy usage. Get in touch today to learn how we can support your agricultural operations with clean, cost-effective solar solutions.

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Solar Panels for Universities FAQs

See below for answers to the most commonly asked questions we receive about our solar panels here at Shawton Energy.

If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please get in touch with us, and a member of our team will happily answer any queries you may have. 

Will I still have an electricity bill if I install solar panels on a university building?

If your solar system doesn’t produce 100% of your energy needs, you’ll still receive a bill. However, university buildings will see a significant reduction if enough solar energy is generated. Some regions also have net metering, allowing you to sell excess energy back to the grid, offsetting costs.

How do solar panels impact the resale value of your university?

Solar installations can increase property value by reducing future energy costs for potential buyers and demonstrating a commitment to sustainability.

How is a PPA different from a traditional solar lease?

A Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and a traditional solar lease are both financial arrangements that enable universities to install solar panels on their buildings with minimal upfront costs, but they differ in structure and payment agreements.

Through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), we handle the installation and upkeep of the solar system, while you enjoy the advantages of any surplus power produced. With a lease, you might bear the responsibility for ongoing maintenance, and the financial gains are predetermined by the lease conditions.

Why should I consider solar panels for my university?

The main reasons why you should consider solar panels for universities are that they can provide sustainable energy, reduce electricity bills, and there’s no upfront capital required whatsoever. Using solar energy can also lower your university’s carbon footprint.

Are solar panels safe during storms and strong winds?

Yes. When quality solar panels are properly installed by our team, they are entirely secure. Our solar panels are engineered to endure a range of severe weather conditions, such as strong winds and hailstorms.

How does Shawton Energy ensure the quality and reliability of its installation partners?

Shawton Energy engages with trusted partners for installations, ensuring every contractor we work with is accredited by NIC-EIC, MCS, and OZEV.

How do seasonal changes affect solar panel efficiency in university buildings?

While solar panels are most effective in sunny conditions, they still produce energy on cloudy days. The efficiency might vary seasonally, but panels are generally designed to capture sunlight throughout the year.

How much roof space is needed for solar installations on university buildings?

The space required depends on the energy needs of the building and the efficiency of the panels chosen. Don’t worry – one of our dedicated solar consultants can provide you with a tailored assessment. 

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