Salix Energy Efficiency Fund (SEEF)

The Salix Energy Effiency Fund (SEEF) has been created for academies, sixth form colleges, free schools, and Multi-Academy Trusts in England to lower energy bills.

The deadline to sign up to the fund has passed – but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make energy savings. If you’ve missed the deadline or are ineligible to apply, you can still access eLight’s Green Energy Fund.

Through this fund, eLight will provide a turn-key LED solution with no upfront cost, together with a 7-year maintenance free guarantee.

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Successfully delivered over £30m of projects and delivered 1000 lighting projects

Over £10m of Salix funded projects delivered through our partner RSL

How does our 0% green energy fund work?

Funding is provided as an Interest-Paid Operating Lease which is compliant with the Academies Financial Handbook. The new initiative will enable qualifying schools to access 0% funding alongside a 7-year maintenance-free solution.

The fund will run in parallel to the government’s new Salix (SEEF) funding window – essentially enabling schools to be guaranteed a zero capital, interest paid switch to LED lighting.


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Frequently Asked Questions

RSL, part of eEnergy Group plc has delivered over £10m of salix funded projects to date.
Yes, we are aware of the various schemes available and can work with your school as your bidding partner to specify the right LED solution for you.
Funding is provided as an Interest-Paid Operating Lease which is compliant with the Academies Financial Handbook 

This is an interest free loan that is repaid from the anticipated energy cost savings. 100% of the savings are withheld for the schools General Annual Grant (GAG) each year until the loan is repaid.

Savings must repay the loan within 8 years, if not the school would need to subsidise the bid.

The maximum loan value that can be requested from the DfE for an application is £200,000. SEEF applications can be part-funded if they exceed this value.

The success rate is less than 10%, while the bid process is takes from 6 – 9 months.

The process

How does the lighting installation work?

Energy and lighting survey

We carry out a free, data-driven analysis of your lighting to assess your current energy consumption and lighting levels.

LED lighting solution proposal

Within 2 weeks we will present a detailed proposal outlining our proposed LED solution & your projected savings.

No disruption LED installation

We switch your inefficient lighting to efficient, high quality LED lighting with no disruption to your day-to-day operations.

ongoing maintenance

You pay a fixed monthly fee out of your savings, and your lighting is fully maintained at its optimum level for a 5-7 year term.


“eLight provided a turn-key solution to replace our sports hall, drama and squash court spaces, not only were they very cost competitive but the installation team worked quickly and professionally providing us with a seamless installation.”

Alastair Blackmore, Estates Manager, Abingdon school

“On its own it’s a small step, but we are teaching our students something of the value of making sound environmental choices. It is particularly helpful that in doing so we are also saving money for the school.”

Principal David Hayes, Malahide Community School

“eLight provided an excellent lighting solution for our school, replacing our old, tired and costly-to-run lights with no upfront cost. have commented that the new lighting is much better and it has really improved the classroom environment.”

Shirley Si Ahmed, School Business Manager, Purley Oaks Primary School

“The environmental agenda is being driven by children all over the world. Our students are part of the generation that are taking leadership and demanding change. We are delighted to enter this new partnership with eLight!”

Deborah O’Hare, Principal, Wallace High School

“We have noticed huge benefits since we switched to LED lighting with eLight. Not only are our lights great quality but eLight have enabled us to start meeting our climate change objectives”

Michelle Faulkner, School Business Manager, Stretford Grammar School

“All schools are under significant pressure to reduce costs. It is not often that we can do that while improving the learning environment for our students. Our partnership with eLight is now delivering real benefits for our school.”

Mark Webb, Operations Manager, Culford School

“People joke about keeping the lights on, but we were genuinely astonished at the cost involved in lighting our school.  When we met with eLight, they showed us that with LED lighting our cost would fall to under €4,500. They reduced our energy use by 70%.”

Donahies Community School Principal, Peter Keohane

“Like all schools we have to identify funding where we can.  Normally, to get these kind of improvements you have to be able to pay a big lump sum up front, that simply isn’t an option for our school, or most schools.  Every penny is carefully watched and spending is prioritised.  This was excellent, we were installing a system that would not only save us money for the next 15 years, it would actually release cash to us in year one.”

Kenmare Community School Principal, Dermot Healy

“We are trying to instil certain values in our students.  One of those is a concern for the world in which they live. There is a strong environmental consciousness among the student body and they were very much on board with the initiative. On its own it’s a small step, but we are teaching our students something of the value of making sound environmental choices.  It is particularly helpful that in doing so we are also saving money for the school.”

David Hayes, Malahide Community School

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You probably have a lot of questions. Don’t worry, our team is on hand to give you all the information you need and can even visit your school to conduct a no obligation survey to find out if you are suitable for our LED solution.