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NXTGEN Energy Commercial solar panels case study of an install of a Solar Panel System of 45 TrinaSolar Vertex S 425W (19kWp Solar PV System) Solar Panels on the roof of Dilkes Academy school in South Ockendon, Essex, UK. Remember we’re MCS Certified Solar PV (panel) Installers and also MCS Certified Battery Storage Installers, we’re 1 of only 10 Essex Solar Installers that can install your complete Solar PV System to the high standards required by MCS Certification. We are also HIES, NAPIT and TrustMark accredited solar installers. Download the Dilkes Academy Case Study PDF.

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Commercial Solar Panels Case Study 2: Dilkes Academy School

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In the midst of December 2023, amidst festive cheer and chilly winds, Dilkes Academy School in South Ockendon, Essex, UK, took a significant step towards environmental sustainability. Partnering with MCS Certified Solar PV Installer NXTGEN Energy Ltd., the school embraced clean energy by installing a robust solar panel system on its premises. This case study delves into the details of this solar project, exploring its benefits, challenges, and the potential it holds for similar educational institutions.

Solar Project Details

Installer: NXTGEN Energy Ltd.

Location: Dilkes Academy School, South Ockendon, Essex, UK
Technology: 45 TrinaSolar Vertex S 425W (19kWp) Solar Panels
Installation: December 2023

Solar Benefits

  • Environmental Impact: The 19kWp solar PV system is estimated to generate around 16,000 kWh of clean electricity annually, offsetting roughly 10 tonnes of CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions. This translates to a significant reduction in the school’s carbon footprint & contributes positively to combating climate change in the UK.
  • Financial Savings: Over its lifespan of 25-years, the solar PV system is expected to generate substantial financial savings on electricity bills. These savings can then be reinvested in more educational resources, infrastructure upgrades, or other school priorities.
  • Educational Value: The solar panels act as a living learning tool, providing teachers and students with a tangible way to understand renewable energy concepts and their practical applications. This fosters environmental awareness and empowers students to become responsible citizens.


  • Roof suitability: Assessing the roof’s structural integrity and ensuring compatibility with the chosen solar panel system was crucial. NXTGEN Energy’s expertise in evaluating and handling such challenges ensured a smooth installation process.
  • Weather considerations: Installing during the winter presented logistical challenges due to colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours. NXTGEN Energy’s skilled technicians adapted their approach to ensure timely and efficient completion of this solar project.

Future Potential

Dilkes Academy’s initiative sets a positive precedent for other academies, schools, colleges and universities in the UK. As energy costs continue to rise and environmental concerns escalate, solar panels offer a solution for educational institutions to secure their energy independence, reduce costs, and promote sustainability. NXTGEN Energy, with its proven track record in school solar panel installation projects, is well-positioned to guide other educational institutions on their renewable energy journey.


The Dilkes Academy and NXTGEN Energy partnership demonstrates the compelling benefits of integrating solar energy into school infrastructure. By harnessing the power of the sun, Dilkes Academy is not only saving money and reducing its environmental impact, but also fostering a culture of sustainability and environmental awareness among its students. This project paves the way for broader adoption of solar energy in the educational sector, contributing to a greener future for generations to come in the UK.

The Dilkes Academy School is an example of how commercial solar panels can help schools (and colleges and universities) cut energy costs, reduce carbon emissions, and attract eco-conscious parents and students. NXTGEN Energy was able to provide a tailored solar energy solution that met the Dilkes Academy’s needs and expectations.

Are you an Academy, School, College or University that is interested in going green with commercial solar panels? Get in contact with us today on 01268 928 690 or email info@nxtgen.ltd for a free quote.

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The work’s been done to an incredibly high standard. The cabling is really neat, the system is performing fantastically well, and we can’t believe how much money we’ve saved already. So, generally a big thank you to Stuart, Kelly and everyone at the NXTGEN team, who have done a really, really good job from start to finish.

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