Phase 4 Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund: Portal to Open at 2pm on 26th April

Salix Finance has announced that Phase 4 of the Public Sector Low Carbon Skills Fund (Phase 4 LCSF) will be open for applications on Wednesday 26th April at 2pm. The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero has set aside £17 million with the goal being to best prepare public sector bodies for the next round of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, later in the year.

For this round of LCSF, there are three funding options:

  1. Funding to develop or improve a heat decarbonisation plan incorporating any output outlined in the scheme criteria section.
  1. Develop standalone detailed design(s) from pre-existing heat decarbonisation plan(s).
  1. A combination of options one and two above, to develop or improve a heat decarbonisation plan(s) and develop a standalone detailed design(s) from a pre-existing heat decarbonisation plan(s).

The HDP Purpose

As per Salix’s announcement, the purpose of acquiring an HDP is as follows, “[an HDP] will help organisations to think more strategically about decarbonisation opportunities, and work through the planning lifecycle up to and including the development of detailed project proposals that are cost effective, aligned with their organisational decarbonisation strategy, and ready to be funded, including through an application for other grant funding schemes.”

The Funds

In an effort to provide the opportunity for funding to be allocated to a wider range of projects, a funding cap has been introduced, dividing the £17 million into three grant value ranges (including an overall grant value cap of £1,000,000):

  • 34% of funding for projects up to £100,000.
  • 38% of funding for projects between £100,001-£500,000.
  • 28% of funding for projects between £500,001-£1,000,000.

To date, grants have been used to pay for plans in full, meaning no client contribution is required. This remains the case for Phase 4 LCSF.

Key Dates

  • Early April – Applicants to register on Salix LCSF4 website. (We can register as well, as consultants. Needs to be done on an individual basis. But we can’t submit grant apps on behalf of clients).
  • 26th April at 2pm – Portal opens. It is critical that applications are submitted as soon after 2pm as possible otherwise the chances are the budget will already be oversubscribed. Therefore, early prep is essential well before 26 April.
  • From June – Grant Offer Letters (GOL) being issued.
  • By 14th July – All GOLs awarded.
  • 28 March 2024 – All grants to be spent.

In Autumn 2023, PSDS3c is expected to be similarly announced, with the main focus being heat decarbonisation, but the scheme will also pay for related capital works that are necessary to enable the heat decarbonisation to be done cost-effectively.

If you are interested in submitting an application to Phase 4 LCSF, please contact us at ReEnergise. We will provide free technical support to grant applications, plus advice on crafting the language in the various application boxes, increasing your chance of a successful application.

To read the full Salix Finance Phase 4 LCSF announcement, click here.

Nigel A-F talks to a client at the Schools and Academies Show

Last Thursday evening marked the round-up of the Schools and Academies Show at the NEC in which, over the space of one fast-paced day, Nigel and Ollie were able to have some interesting conversations with delegates from all over the country about their schools’ future net-zero objectives. It was exciting to speak to so many engaged schools about their ambition to either begin or continue with their decarbonisation journey. Conversations spanned from how ReEnergise is able to assist with government funding applications, such as PSDS and LCSF, right up to arranging Teams meetings to kick-off discussions for full estate decarbonisation plans (EDPs). We look forward to getting in touch with those we have already had the pleasure of speaking to and can’t wait to be back again next year.

The week prior, ReEnergise also held a stand at the ISBL conference and similarly enjoyed some engaging talks with school business leaders on how ReEnergise can assist with the development of estate decarbonisation plans and help schools on their path towards net-zero. Nigel and Ollie were pleased to have many meaningful conversations and reassure delegates that ReEnergise is here to help make sense of it all.

An over-arching theme in the discussions with delegates was that schools are obviously keen to move towards net-zero, however, they are less sure how to begin the process. As it so happens, Nigel held a talk in October in which he discovered during a live poll, that 69% of respondents were in the exact same headspace. Why not check out Nigel’s full presentation on the topic

Now couldn’t be a better time to get in touch with ReEnergise, establish your current situation, and book a talk to begin developing an estate decarbonisation plan for your school.

HMC/IAPS Enlightened Education Conference Highlights

“Net-Zero? Yes, I’m keen; but what does this mean for my school?”

Earlier this month, Nigel held a session at the HMC/IAPS Enlightened Education conference in Edinburgh to discuss exactly this.

In his live poll, 69% of the attending Head Masters said they were interested in Net-Zero but had little grasp of what it meant for their school. If this is relatable, Nigel’s Keynote is guaranteed to bring you great value. You can watch it in full and access our latest case study below.

Keynote Overview Interview with Nigel Aylwin-Foster (2 min watch)


HMC/IAPS Enlightened Education Conference Keynote Presentation (1 hour)


St George’s College – A ReEnergise Case Study (4 min watch)

Now is the perfect time to get in touch with ReEnergise, evaluate your school’s current situation, and generate an Estate Decarbonisation Plan (EDP).

Contact us on [email protected]

Ground Source Heat Pump installation at St George’s College Weybridge

PRESS RELEASE – February 10th 2022

Borehole drilling is completed at 900 kW ground source heat pump installation at St George’s College Weybridge

As part of its Zero-Carbon Schools initiative, managing contractor ReEnergise is transforming the carbon footprint of St George’s College Weybridge in Surrey, installing four Viessmann heat pumps 

Initial groundworks have been completed at a large heat pump installation at St George’s College Weybridge in Surrey. In late January, the sole remaining drilling machine made the last of 132 boreholes in fields that will be returned to use as sports pitches and for outdoor events.

Now follows the installation of four 230 kW Viessmann Vitocal 300-G Pro ground source heat pumps, which replace the school’s previous gas heating system as the main heat generator in an adapted plant room in the college’s Kean Building complex. Once commissioned, the new heating system will save about 250 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The managing contractor for the project is ReEnergise – architects and enablers of net-zero plans and programmes specialising in schools and colleges. ReEnergise designed the solution in collaboration with St George’s College Weybridge and in particular, Estate Manager, Errol Minihan, who is spearheading a future-proof approach to reducing the school’s reliance on fossil fuels and introducing a sustainable technology solution.

Steve Faucherand, CEO of ReEnergise, said, “It’s a pleasure to work with St George’s College Weybridge, who are always forward thinking and have been on the low-carbon journey for some time.  This is a major investment in zero-carbon technology that will give them options as they develop the College estate. We are already working with them to maximise the benefit of the system and increase its sustainability by utilising its capability to cool classrooms in the summer and return excess heat to the ground.”

St George’s College Weybridge was founded in 1869 and is an independent Catholic co-educational day school for 11-18 year olds with around 1,000 students. Mrs Owens, Headmistress, said: “Students have thoroughly enjoyed learning about renewable energy and how natural heat from the ground can be harnessed. We now can’t wait to have our new ground source heat pumps operational, so that we can know heating the school and using hot water here is from energy generated in a completely renewable way.”

The Viessmann heat pumps will be installed by Aston Cord Energy Services who have also prefabricated the 10” internal diameter distribution header into which the borehole loops and the heat pumps will be connected. Doing this work offsite ensures high quality, minimises disruption and keeps logistics to a minimum.

The borehole drilling at St George’s College Weybridge has been undertaken by Oxfordshire-based AW Synergy, with the rest of the groundworks being handled by K Watts Construction and the school’s dedicated grounds people. Powercor is managing the electrical works.

The Zero-Carbon Schools initiative was started by Steve Faucherand, CEO, and the team at ReEnergise, due to their passion for creating a greener environment for future generations. The team actively promotes the national net-zero agenda, within the industry and in the classroom, and are currently supporting 50 schools and colleges to optimise projects at various stages of the decarbonisation process.

February 10th 2022

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 have a balance sheet total in excess of 43 million euro (£s equivalent) and an annual turnover in excess of 50 million euro (£s equivalent).

Many independent schools employ more than 250 people and therefore became liable for ESOS Phase 1 and ESOS Phase 2. ESOS Phase 1 was completed in 2016, whilst ESOS Phase 2 had a compliance deadline of 5 December 2019.

We worked on behalf of the following schools to prepare their ESOS assessments for compliance on 5th December 2019: Sherborne Girls, Stockport Grammar School, Prior Park Schools, Gresham’s School, King’s Bruton & Hazelgrove School and St George’s College Weybridge.

The collection of energy data – including, heat, power and transport – was inevitably an onerous task for school support staff but we worked together with each school and Paul Sentobe, our experienced Lead Assessor, to achieve full and informative ESOS reports which have now been registered with the EA for compliance.

The ESOS reports identify different savings opportunities: from behavioural e.g. switching off lights & computers, introducing more system controls, through to installing low-carbon heating systems such as heat pumps and biomass. Naturally the old chestnut of converting all lighting to LEDs featured in some reports, but most schools are already working through the conversion of their stock. We look forward to working with the schools as appropriate following the results of the ESOS.


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 met were very knowledgeable about low-carbon energy and were keen to discuss the opportunities to maximise their land assets, reduce their energy bills by getting off oil or LPG, and to install district heating systems on their farms and estates. We talked a lot about the development of Heat Pump technology and dispelled the myth that it isn’t suitable for leaky old buildings! We were also able to spread the word that the subsidy regime for renewable heat generation (RHI) is closing for new entrants on March 31st 2021, so now is the time to take advantage of the large sums of money the government is giving out to encourage people to switch from oil and LPG to clean low-carbon technologies.

Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuiness’s appearance in 2 EV cars spiced up the second afternoon as they filmed a segment for Top Gear at the Event!

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 CLA South East for hosting the event and introducing ReEnergise.

We were fortunate to have Alastair Deighton, Estate Manager, Firle Estate to open the seminar and discuss Firle Estate’s experience with the biomass boiler they installed a couple of years ago to heat Firle Place, as well as the plans to install a community district heating system for the village. Alastair enthused about how successful the biomass has been, and how exciting the Community Energy project will be. Alastair explained that low-carbon technology should become the ‘norm’ for heating rather than being thought of as an ‘exotic’ new technology which is difficult to understand.

This was followed by Bean Beanland, ReEnergise low-carbon specialist who ran through the use of Heat Pumps and Biomass in a district heating system, and the conditions needed for each to work efficiently. Bean covered Government Policy on renewables in general, as well as providing up-to-date information on the subsidy regime, including the point that the RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) is being closed for new applications on 31st March 2021. For the Firle Village Community Energy system, Bean explained that the village will be split into 3 districts, with the first district being heated by a biomass boiler, and the other two using a shared ground loop heat pump system: the latter an approach being firmly encouraged by the Government.

Finally, Kayla Ente, Founder of BHESCo (Brighton and Hove Energy Services Cooperative) explained the mechanics of how Community Energy works – including the financing and servicing of the district heating system. Kayla demonstrated her commitment to helping villages reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and the importance of getting the community involved so that residents can take control of their heating, both in terms of efficiency and cost.

There was a very informative question and answer session at the end of the seminar. If you would like to see the full presentations from the seminar, please contact Belinda Lyster-Binns on [email protected].

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 liked locally for his work in restoring local heathland and for organic farming. He has always been keen on embracing low-carbon energy options and hired ReEnergise to assess opportunities for managed energy infrastructure for the benefit of the tenants and the estate itself.

We have provided feasibility reports for a number of renewable energy options for the estate assessing the long-term potential for a managed energy programme on the estate.

So far, we have carried out two solar PV installations:-

  • The first was an installation of 115.kW solar PV for the provision of solar power generation to a rural milking parlour. This project has a forecast payback of 4.5 years and total net benefit of over £460,000 over 20 years.
  • The second, recently completed, was an installation of 49.95kW solar PV system for a small cluster of tenanted commercial farm buildings. The system now provides zero carbon electricity to the tenants as well as generating revenues for the Estate from the FiT (Feed-in-Tarriff). This project has a forecast payback of 8.4 years and total net benefit of over £125,000.

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 landowners on the table today including heat pumps, biomass and solar technology. Bean Beanland, Heat Pump specialist and Peter Speakman, Biomass specialist were at the stand to talk through the current technology, practical application and government subsidy regime and where it is headed.

Bean Beanland gave a seminar on the future of Renewable Heat to a packed seminar room. Please contact [email protected] if you would like to see the full slide presentation.

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 years: £133,000.

This is a good example of a school taking the right steps to become more sustainable and in the process save money.

The Bursar, Richard Bate wrote ”ReEnergise managed and implemented a 50kW Solar PV installation in July for the school.  The project ran as expected with minimal fuss or disruption and was completed with no hiccups – if only all our estates projects could run so smoothly!”