ReEnergise project work for rural estates

Case Studies – examples of ReEnergise project work for rural estates

Here is a selection from our work for rural estates. Many rural estates are still using oil for heating, and switching to a low-carbon alternative will almost invariably be a way to save money.

Firle Estate, East Sussex

Nower Wood Education Centre, Surrey Wildlife Trust, Surrey

Barlavington Estate, West Sussex

Beaulieu Estate, Hampshire

Countryside Education Trust, Hampshire

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Firle Estates

Firle Estates, East Sussex

Work done:

  • Feasibility study for a 1MW biomass community-energy district heating system to provide low-carbon heat to Firle village in East Sussex, including an upgraded biomass energy centre serving over 80 homes via a 1.5km heat main.

Benefits to client:

  • Findings illustrated how the estate could market the heat generated to benefit those living in the village with cheaper, low-carbon heat, but also provide a good annual dividend to the estate.
  • A sensitivity analysis was conducted to understand how much income would be generated at various fuel prices and inflation scenarios, as well as carbon emissions avoided.
  • Business case demonstrated strong and consistent average returns over 20 years.
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Nower Wood Education Centre

Nower Wood Education Centre Surrey Wildlife Trust, Surrey

Work done:

  • Consultancy and project management of low-carbon energy solutions for a new-build education centre on the North Downs.
  • Cost/benefit analysis, design, specification, tender and project management for a solar thermal array.
  • Cost/benefit analysis, design, specification and installation of a biomass 30kW wood-pellet boiler.

Benefits to client:

  • A sustainable building in which to educate young children about nature and the importance of looking after it.
  • Cost-neutral compared to the conventional high-carbon options of mains power and oil/LPG.

Solar PV at Crouch Farm, Barlavington Estate

Barlavington Estate West Sussex

Work done:

  • Installation of a 115kW solar PV system to provide power to a rural milking parlour.
  • Currently conducting a further low-carbon energy feasibility study for a light industrial centre on estate land.

Benefits to client:

  • Forecast payback of 4.5 years and total net benefit of over £460,000 over 20 years.
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Biomass district heating system plant room, Beaulieu

Beaulieu Estate, Hampshire

Work done:

  • Undertook a review of energy systems and consumption across principal museum buildings, focussing on reducing energy consumption and costs.
  • Provided a comprehensive independent overview of all low-carbon technologies available for heat and power.
  • A discussion with the client concluded that in addition to upgrading lighting to LED and improving building insulation, a 200kW biomass boiler was the most suitable technology for the estate heating needs.
  • Ran a tender for the biomass boiler and subsequently project managed installation through to commissioning.

Benefits to client:

  • Forecast payback of 4.5 years and total net benefit of over £460,000 over 20 years.
  • Forecast average annual ROI of 25% over 20 years.
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Countryside Education Trust, Hampshire

Countryside Education Trust, Hampshire

Work done:

  • Feasibility study for installation of a biomass system to supply heat and hot water to a rural education centre.
  • Based on results, ran tender and then acted as project manager for the installation of a 50kW wood-chip system.

Benefits to client:

  • Forecast average annual ROI of 16% over 20 years with a payback of under 7 years.
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