News and insights

News and Insights

Here you’ll find news items we think would be helpful, interesting or amusing for our readers, as well as some of our own thoughts and comment about the world of low-carbon. We do like to be quite forthright, and call a spade a spade, so please sign up to our newsletter to receive useful waffle-busting comment and important market updates direct into your Inbox.

Opening of the first 2 GSHP plant rooms at Royal Alexandra and Albert School

The first phase of an innovative renewable energy system was switched on at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School today.  As well as being cost-effective the new Ground Source Heating system will mean the School no longer relies on 755,000 litres of oil each year to heat the School and boarding houses.  Two boarding houses now […]

Working Towards Zero-Carbon Status in Schools

In last month’s ISBA bulletin we reminded readers aspiring to achieve zero-carbon status on their school estates that it is essential to complete any required conversions to estate heating systems before 31st March 2021, if it is to be done affordably, because that’s the date that the UK Government subsidy regime that supports conversions to […]

Phase 2 Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme – Compliance complete.

ESOS is run by the Environment Agency (EA) and is intended to encourage large organisations to achieve energy savings, by forcing them to go through a process of formally identifying energy savings opportunities and reporting on them to the EA. Large organisations are deemed to be those that either employ more than 250 people or […]

Ali Frankley and the Meaning of Chocolate

October 2025:  In this exclusive interview with Ali Frankley, who has been bursar of Fandangle Hall School since 2020, we learn that as well as doing all the other herculean tasks that form the typical lot of the bursar, she was recently awarded an MBE for making Fandangle Hall the first true zero-carbon school. (see […]

What Is a Combined Heat and Power System?

A Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system is a small power plant that captures the waste heat produced whilst it’s generating electricity and makes it available as useful heat: hence the name – it gives you usable heat and power; and it does come more or less ‘in a box’, funnily enough. The supermarket equivalent […]

An Introduction to Ground Source Heat Pumps

What Is a Ground Source Heat Pump? A ground source heat pump (GSHP) is a system of heating, or cooling, using the heat from the ground. It is made out of a series of pipes buried underground, which transfer the heat from the earth into your home. How Does a GSHP Work? Below the surface […]

Royal Alexandra & Albert School en Route to Net Zero-Carbon Heat

The Royal Alexandra & Albert School, a state boarding school for over 1000 students in Surrey, has been progressing through the ReEnergise risk-reduction process for a low-carbon heat project since January this year. The school is now embarking on a pilot installation of ground source heat pumps into two boarding houses. If that is successful, […]

Zero Carbon Schools by 2025? Talking Frankley, it’s entirely feasible.

This article was commissioned by the ISBA for the July 2019 edition of The Bursars Review. July 2020. Fandangle Hall School. Somewhere in the UK. Ali Frankley, new-ish Bursar of Fandangle Hall School on her first assignment after the ISBA[1], had developed a worrying recurring dream. In it, she is running alongside a herd of […]

News Round-Up: May to July

It’s been a while since our last newsletter, mainly because we’ve had so much work on that the sales and marketing team have been co-opted into project management tasks, to keep up with the pace. But it’s been a period of significant milestones, both nationally and for us as a company. Here are just a […]

Climate Change Action Plan at Charterhouse School

Charterhouse School is keen to promote a low-carbon agenda. This has become an important issue nationally and within the school. Charterhouse pupils have launched their own action plan to make the school more sustainable, ranging from a greater emphasis on sustainability in the school’s strategic plans, to a number of more immediate suggestions. Everyone is […]

Let’s talk about the Schools Low-Carbon Programme (SLCP)

This time last year we were busy working with a school on the initial stages of a low-carbon district heating project, that would have seen the entire school estate coming off oil. The scheme was set to save the school about £3 million over the next 20 years. But it didn’t happen in the end […]

Yes Prime Minister.

Number 10. Prime Minister’s Office. 17th February 2019. Prime Minister at her desk, prepping for PMQs. Enter Private Secretary. PS. Prime Minister, the children are going on strike. PM. Which ones? Labour or our lot? PS. No, no Prime Minister, the school children. They’re going on strike. PM. Oh for goodness sake! Isn’t there already […]

Completion of 50kW Solar PV array at Ditcham Park in time for the FiT application.

We completed the installation of Solar PV power generation on the roof of the sports centre at Ditcham Park School over February half term. The school centre was chosen over other buildings following a study by ReEnergise which found it offered the best opportunity based on the structural strength of the roof, the south-facing aspect, […]

Nigel A-F explains to a delegate at Energy Expo that ground source heat pumps can work perfectly well in leaky old buildings.

It was good to meet so many landowners last week at the Energy Expo in Telford.  Energy Expo is a business event for agricultural and rural communities of the UK, providing in depth information and guidance on renewable energy generation and use, diversification ventures, and low-emission vehicle and machinery options. Many of the landowners we […]

CLA sponsored breakfast – Community Energy Seminar at Firle Vilage Hall

ReEnergise sponsored a CLA Breakfast Seminar to talk to CLA members about Community Energy – how it works with a low-carbon technology district heating system, and how to finance it. It was great to see so many landowners at the seminar and the genuine interest in district heating systems. Thanks go to Robin Edwards, Director […]

Barlavington Estate Solar PV Installations

The Barlavington Estate near Petworth is a 3,200 acre diversified rural business which embraces agriculture, woodlands, residential and commercial property. It is a picturesque estate in the South Downs National Park with a keen focus on environmental management. The owner of the estate is on the board of the National Park Authority and is well […]

Schools Low-Carbon Programme

An initiative to achieve low-carbon energy installations for schools and other estates on oil, at the least possible risk and without the requirement for capital investment. ReEnergise is currently contacting schools and rural estates that use oil for heating, to gauge interest in a new financing scheme that we hope will provide the catalyst for […]

Trumpton: Episode 2. After Hurricane Harry

Mayor Trump has called a meeting in the market place. He is looking quite angry today. ‘Ahem. Some people here, bad people, have caused a trail of chaos and destruction in the town. It’s bad. Very bad. My new conservatory has been totally totalled. Gone. Not a conservatory anymore.’ Yes,’ said Mr Troop, the Town […]

Firle Village Community Funded District Heating System

We are working with Brighton and Hove Energy Services Cooperative (BHESCo) towards providing the village of Firle in East Sussex with a community funded district heating system (DHS) providing both heat and domestic hot water (DHW). The village is off the main gas grid and the majority of properties are currently heated using oil boilers. […]

Repton School Solar PV Installation

We have completed a 50kW solar PV project for Repton School. The work started with modelling of options and feasibility studies for the school’s sports hall. We used the school’s energy usage figures to find the optimum solution in terms of cost and benefit, which resulted in the proposal of a 50 kWp solar array. […]

Trumpton: Episode 1. A spot of Local Unrest

Mayor Trump has called a meeting in the market place. He is looking quite angry today. ‘Ahem. Some people here, bad people, have posted a petition on the front door of the Town Hall. They say they want more action on climate change. Bad. Very bad. In particular they want me to close down the […]

Sherborne Girls – new Arts Centre

Sherborne Girls School is building a new Arts Centre. Being a performing arts centre the school was keen to have a heating and cooling system that was very quiet in operation. Also being a state-of-the-art building assembled with low-carbon in mind, the school were keen on a heat pump solution. At ReEnergise we have supported […]

Farm Business Innovation 2018

It was great to see so many landowners at the Farm Business Innovation show in the NEC, Birmingham last week. Such an engaged and knowledgeable audience with an appetite to get off oil and look at how renewables might fit into their forward programme. We talked to over 70 delegates on the different opportunities for […]

Solihull School First Solar PV Array Completed

A shot of two of the arrays in the new 50kW solar PV installation at Solihull School. This was modelled and project-managed by ReEnergise over the Summer.  The subsidies are now being arranged. Once done, the vital statistics will be: Saving in Year 1 on energy costs: £7,000. Payback: 9 years. Net benefit over 20 […]

The IPCC Report is Arguably the Author of its own Failure.

What we really need is Die Hard 2030 starring Bruce Willis in his most knife-edge car chase yet. Two weeks ago I suggested that the IPCC report is partly to blame for the ambivalent reaction it has so far received in policy making quarters and the general disinterest in the popular press. Outrageous suggestion? Read […]

Kevin Costner’s Waterworld Gets One Step Closer to becoming Reality

By now everybody must know that the IPCC published a report on Climate Change last week. The gist is that we really do need to keep the rise in average global temperatures down to only 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels if we are to avoid a lot of trouble; and to do that we need […]

Farm Business Innovation Show on 7th/8th November.

We’re exhibiting at the Farm Business Innovation Show on the 7th & 8th November 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham. The show is free to attend and you can register for your free ticket on http://bit.ly/2A1DFda. Visitors can choose from 200 free inspiring and insightful seminars including leading sector case studies and top industry role models […]

Seminar for CLA members on renewables in a post-subsidy world.

Thank you to the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) members who attended our seminar last week on the future of renewables in a post-subsidy world. We were fortunate to hold the event at The Grange, home to The Grange Opera Festival in Northington, Hampshire. Interesting talks were given by Tarquin Henderson and Bean Beanland […]

♫♬ The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore ♫♫

Remember that song by the Walker Brothers? Of course, it ain’t true – it’s gonna go on shining and shining and shining. What they should have written was that the Government subsidies for solar PV aren’t going to go on forever, but they couldn’t get the words to fit the melody so they compromised. In […]

Why ReEnergise is Rehearsing Shakespeare

ReEnergise is currently running a concerted campaign to raise awareness about renewable heat. For shameless attention grabbing in schools, the theme is Shakespearean and tongue in cheek. But the underlying rationale is perfectly serious. Here is the opening from Episode 5 just to give you a flavour. Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Down here. […]

Firle Village District Heating System

Following an initial feasibility study we conducted in 2017, we are now working with the Firle Estate in East Sussex and community energy specialists, the Brighton & Hove Energy Services Cooperative (BHESCo) to build a comprehensive technical study into the options available to take this beautiful South Downs village off fossil fuels through the installation […]

Stephen Tindale Climate Answers Charity launch

We were delighted and honoured to be asked to speak at the launch of the Stephen Tindale Climate Answers charity in London in June.  Stephen was an important and highly valued friend and colleague who tragically took his own life in July 2017.  A man of utter integrity and huge influence, Stephen was one of […]

New Government policy means it’s time to get estates off oil.

Recently declared Government policy is that oil is to be removed from the fuel mix for rural estates by 2030. Seems a long time away, but we already know that the deadline for new systems to qualify for the current 20-year heat subsidy regime is 1 April 2021. The implication is clear enough: schools and […]

Renewables – A Minor Tragedy in the Independent Education Sector?

The Prologue. Since we started working in the sustainability industry in 2010 we’ve talked to hundreds of independent school Heads and senior managers. Some common themes have emerged regarding the curbing of energy usage and getting off fossil fuels, and it has all the makings of a minor tragedy: Senior managers are frequently concerned about […]

Energy Costs Benchmarking for Independent Schools

At the 2017 ISBA conference we collected data from 53 schools on their annual energy costs. The purpose of this exercise was to establish benchmarks on energy usage per pupil, taking account of fundamental differences such as boarding/day, or percentage of boarding. Using this data, we created a model to work out the cost of […]

The Importance of Project Timing in a Subsidy-Driven Market

For one school in particular this has been a significant issue this year (2017). In September 2016, the Bursar at Lucton School in Herefordshire asked us for a feasibility study on the relative merits of installing a biomass system on his estate. The estate was on oil, so we were sure there was potential; but […]

What is going to happen to energy prices in the next few years?

Predicting what energy markets will do is no easier than predicting any other commodity. Indeed, simply working out what the price of energy has been in the past is difficult, because there is so much data available, presented in so many different ways, to suit so many differing vested interests. Nonetheless, some general trends are […]

Financing of renewable installations

ReEnergise Finance has had a busy Summer of 2017 with two transactions in particular placing our Lease Finance offer competitively at the forefront of the 3rd-party finance market. Through our growing relationship with Societe Generale, we have supported Lucton School with the finance for the installation of a new biomass district heating system with repayments […]

A Jedi is no match for a Bursar

Jack Marriner’s[1]Tesla parked itself silently in his allotted space, outside the Bursary at Fandangle Hall School. As he got out he had that sense that today was going to be no ordinary day. ‘Therefore just like every other day in the Bursary’ he thought wryly, as he walked inside. As he entered he could hear […]

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