ReEnergise project work for schools

Case Studies – examples of ReEnergise project work for Schools

Here are some examples of project work for schools. Note that some of these were also financed by ReEnergise Finance, whilst others were financed by the schools themselves. We are always looking for new finance options to help schools to get over the hurdles and get going with low-carbon programmes.

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Charterhouse School

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Sherborne Girls 

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Lucton School

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Westbourne House School

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Ardingly College

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Malvern St James

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Seaford College

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Other Work

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The founder – Thomas Sutton

Charterhouse School

Work done:

  • VAT review & energy account validation.
  • Energy procurement advice.
  • Demand and capacity review for all utility supplies for future development of the school.
  • Condition survey of all M&E assets.
  • Scoping study and cost/benefit analysis for potential low-carbon projects across the entire estate.
  • Drafting of energy strategy.
  • Tutorial on energy account management.
  • Ad hoc M&E advice as required.
  • Currently drafting an estate water strategy.

Benefits to client:

  • Saved the school £70,000 in rebates on past energy accounts.
  • Saved the school just shy of 5% annually compared to best offers from competing brokers.
  • Regular advice on market timing has (hopefully) taken some of the stress out of buying energy.
  • The school now holds a working database of all M&E assets (over 1000 items of plant and associated equipment) indicating data such as location, type, fitness for role, state of repair, priority for replacement, likely costs. The school also has complete line diagrams of all electrical circuits. This will speed up planning and maintenance work.
  • A comprehensive index of potential money and carbon saving projects now exists, ranked by cost versus benefit, and full of useful advice on each option.
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Drilling rig for the GSHP boreholes at Sherborne Girls

Sherborne Girls

Work done:

  • Initial energy audit and low-carbon scoping study across the campus generated a range of options.
  • Prime-contractor for two solar projects.
  • 2015 ESOS audit.
  • Research, scoping and installation of live/real-time energy monitoring & management system, with termly reports on energy usage observations.
  • Prime contractor for design and installation of a ground source heat pump for the new Arts Centre now under construction.

Benefits to client:

  • A comprehensive index of potential money and carbon saving projects now exists, ranked by cost versus benefit, and full of useful advice on each option.
  • Net benefit on solar projects of over £350,000 over 20 years.
  • ESOS compliance.
  • Anomalies in day to day energy usage can now be identified quickly.
  • Arts Centre GSHP is cost-neutral with mains gas, but reduces carbon footprint by 75%, and provides concurrent heating and cooling in different parts of the building – all from the one system. Clever!
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Hussen Farooq and Roy Campbell from ReEnergise, inspecting the biomass plant room construction.

Lucton School

Work done:

  • Scoping study and cost/benefit analysis for potential low-carbon projects across the estate.
  • Prime-contractor and provision of finance for the design and installation of a medium scale biomass district heating system for the entire school estate. This project was first identified in September 2016, commenced in December 2016, and completed in June 2017.
  • Financed LED proposal pending.

Benefits to client:

  • A much clearer idea of the art of the possible on the estate in terms of low-carbon installations, to inform future planning.
  • The biomass system is expected to save the school some £750,000 (net) over 20 years.
  • The finance package is designed to meet cashflow annual limits set by the school until paid off. Once the finance term has finished the school will make significant running costs savings each year, courtesy of fuel cost reductions and government subsidies.
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Westbourne House School

Westbourne House School

Work done:

  • Assessed unsolicited proposals received from various renewables installers, as part of an overall energy efficiency audit. We modelled the proposals and demonstrated, mathematically, that they would not achieve what the client hoped for.
  • Project-managed a combined solar PV/thermal installation on the swimming pool roof.
  • Scope for a more innovative project now under review, including using a nearby lake to provide the source for a water source heat pump that will heat a new build.

Benefits to client:

  • Avoided wasting a lot of money on an inappropriate low-carbon solution for heating the estate (which is already on mains gas).
  • Solar installation projected to achieve a net benefit of £120,000 in running costs over the 20-year period modelled. Payback is 7 years.
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Biomass boiler installation at Ardingly College

Ardingly College

Work done:

  • Developed the energy strategy for part of the estate, including a detailed financial and technical analysis of the relative merits of low-carbon energy options versus conventional systems.
  • Prime-contracted the installation of a biomass district-heating system – a complex project requiring the coordination of several agencies.

Benefits to client:

  • Net saving on energy costs of £700,000 courtesy of the biomass system.
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Malvern St. James School

Malvern St James

Work done:

  • Scoping study and cost/benefit analysis for potential low-carbon projects across the estate.

Benefits to client:

  • A much clearer idea of the art of the possible on the estate in terms of low-carbon installations, to inform future planning.
  • Potential whole-life net benefit of nearly £1M over the life of the projects identified as cost-effective.
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Seaford College

Seaford College

Work done:

  • Scoping study and cost/benefit analysis for potential low-carbon projects across the estate.
  • VAT review and independent benchmarking of energy broker value for money.

Benefits to client:

  • A much clearer idea of the art of the possible on the estate in terms of low-carbon installations, plus other ways to put the estate to work to generate revenue.
  • Potential whole-life net benefit of nearly £3M over the life of the projects identified as cost-effective.
  • Much of this large sum would result from replacing the current oil-based heating system with a low-carbon equivalent. The wider point is that any school on oil stands to save a lot of money by switching to low-carbon heating, provided the conversion is rigorously planned.
  • Immediate reduction in energy operating costs, plus a large rebate from energy suppliers.

A range of work for other schools, including low-carbon scoping studies, ESOS, VAT reviews, energy procurement, and other bespoke project work. Here is a selection of other schools we’ve worked for:

  • Abberley Hall
  • Amesbury School
  • Barrow Hill School
  • Cox Green School
  • Ditcham Park School
  • Farlington
  • Frensham Heights
  • King’s Bruton & Hazlegrove Prep
  • Loughborough Endowed Schools
  • Our Lady’s Convent
  • Pocklington School
  • Portsmouth Grammar School
  • Repton
  • Rydes Hill Prep School
  • Sedbergh
  • Shiplake College
  • Solihull School
  • St George’s College, Weybridge
  • St Joseph’s College
  • St Lawrence College
  • Walthamstow Hall
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