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Somers Heath School

NXTGEN Energy Commercial solar panels case study of an install of a Solar Panel System of 138 TrinaSolar Vertex S+ 435W (60kWp Solar Panel System) Solar Panels on the roof of Somers Heath 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 Solar Installers that can install your complete Solar PV System to the high standards required by MCS Certification. We are HIES, NAPIT and TrustMark accredited. Download the Case Study PDF.
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Commercial Solar Panels Case Study 6: Somers Heath School

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NXTGEN Energy Ltd., a leading renewable energy provider in the UK, partnered with Somers Heath School in South Ockendon, Essex to install a comprehensive solar panel system in February 2024. This collaborative effort exemplifies NXTGEN’s dedication to empowering educational institutions with sustainable energy solutions.

Solar Project Details

  • Client: Somers Heath School
  • Location: South Ockendon, Essex, UK
  • Project Timeline: February 2024
  • Installer: NXTGEN Energy Ltd.
  • Panels:
    • Quantity: 138 Trina Vertex S+ 435W solar panels
    • Specifications:
      • High efficiency for optimal energy generation
      • Tier 1 Brand, ensuring quality and reliability
  • Inverter: Growatt Inverter
    • Function: Converts DC (Direct Current) electricity from the panels into usable AC (Alternating Current) electricity
    • Capacity: Carefully chosen to match the system’s power output and meet the school’s energy demands
  • Scaffolding Access: Next Generation Scaffolding Ltd
    • Provided safe and secure working conditions for the installation team

Solar Project Scope

  • Site assessment: NXTGEN’s team conducted a thorough evaluation of the school’s roof space, including size, orientation, and structural integrity, to determine suitability for solar panel installation.
  • System design: A customized solar power system was designed, considering the school’s electricity consumption patterns, roof characteristics, and budget constraints. This ensured optimal energy production and financial viability.
  • Project management: NXTGEN oversaw the entire project lifecycle, from obtaining necessary permits to coordinating with relevant stakeholders, ensuring a smooth and efficient execution.
  • Installation: The experienced team from NXTGEN, with safe access provided by Next Generation Scaffolding, meticulously installed the solar panels, inverter, and electrical wiring, adhering to strict safety regulations and industry best practices.
  • Commissioning and testing: Upon completion, the system underwent rigorous testing and commissioning to verify performance and ensure it meets all safety standards.

Solar Project Benefits 

  • Financial savings: The solar panels are anticipated to generate a substantial portion of the school’s electricity requirements, leading to significant cost reductions on their energy bills over the system’s lifespan. This financial benefit can be reinvested in other educational resources or school improvement initiatives.
  • Reduced carbon footprint: By harnessing clean and renewable solar energy, Somers Heath School is actively contributing to mitigating climate change. The generated solar power translates to a lower reliance on fossil fuels and a smaller carbon footprint for the school.
  • Educational value: The solar panel installation serves as a valuable educational tool, offering students firsthand exposure to renewable energy technology and its environmental benefits. This can inspire future generations to embrace sustainability practices.
  • Increased property value: Studies suggest that buildings with solar panels can command a higher market value. This potential increase in property value is an added benefit for the school.

Future Outlook

NXTGEN Energy is committed to empowering educational institutions across the UK to harness the power of solar energy. They plan to share details of additional successful school solar panel projects soon, further demonstrating their dedication to a sustainable future for the education sector.


The successful solar panel installation at Somers Heath School serves as a model for other educational institutions seeking to embrace clean energy solutions. This collaborative project between NXTGEN Energy, Next Generation Scaffolding, and Somers Heath School exemplifies the positive impact renewable energy can have on both the environment and educational institutions.

The Somers Heath 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 Somers Heath School’s needs and expectations.

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

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