A total of 12 communities are to be financially rewarded for green activity in their local areas, with schools set to be one of the main recipients.
Primary teachers in at least three of the 12 communities could be celebrating, after local authorities confirmed they would use the winnings to improve the energy efficiency of local education institutions.
Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change Joan Ruddock MP said: "Today's winners will act as a test bed for green action, and show us all what a greener future looks like."
Communities had to tackle emissions in their areas as part of the Low Carbon Community Challenge in order to secure up to £500,000 to spend on green technologies such as solar panels and wind turbines.
A new ground source heat pump will be installed at the Hook Norton Church of England Primary School, Oxfordshire, while the local primary in Ashton Hayes, Cheshire, will receive a solar panel.
Easterside in Middlesbrough will see wind turbines in the grounds of two local primary schools.
Ms Ruddock has served as the Labour representative for Lewisham, Deptford since 1987.