Multi-building school estates that have grown organically, sometimes over hundreds of years, present their own individual energy management challenges. We understand these very well.
We also understand the normal day-to-day workload imposed on school senior managers and their staff, so we strive to get our work done without imposing an undue additional burden.
And we understand the need for school governing bodies to be careful with risk and finances, so we pay a lot of attention to risk reduction for our client schools. It can only help that we have two current chairmen of school governing bodies in our team.
Our experience in the Education Sector is extensive and has covered the entire range of our low-carbon project services, as well as reducing operating costs for client schools through an innovative online energy procurement system.
It’s also worth noting that to date, for every school that has asked us to look, we have found energy tax reductions and been able to return previous expenditure to the school, as well as secure future operating cost reductions.
It’s our view that schools should be leading the charge on the switch to low-carbon, for a host of reasons, and we’re keen to help that happen – in a responsible and prudent manner.
See Our Approach for an explanation of all our services.
The case studies on this website give specific examples of work done. Readers should also see the page on low-carbon strategy, which offers a framework for action.
Those who manage or own rural estates are faced with a plethora of often conflicting opinions on investment in energy infrastructure. Government direction has been at best circuitous in recent years, leaving the market confused, cautious and even suspicious.
Our role is to provide unambiguous and impartial advice on the merits of any future energy investment. With legislation increasingly shifting from carrot to stick for those operating off the gas grid, the need for a proactive strategy to reduce consumption, improve efficiencies and switch to low-carbon technologies is increasing. We help our clients build and implement these strategies. In particular we can:
- Model the financial and technical merits of a switch to low-carbon technologies to support existing power and heat supply.
- Consider how best to use available land to take advantage of the rising demand from the National Grid for support in managing peak-demand periods.
- Assess the best funding options for any investment
Kinetrol Solar PV– one of our commercial estate projects.
Our perception is that to date most business owners we have met have not been especially focused on ‘renewables’, simply because paybacks looked unattractive and the Government kept flip-flopping regarding support for low-carbon technologies – or so it seemed. The recent period of low oil prices also kept utility costs at bay. So, the general and understandable view was ‘why bother’? Our engagement with this market has therefore been infrequent to date.
Things are changing. Energy prices are on the rise and Government policy is better signposted. A legislative shift is in train, from encouragement through generous subsidies towards a more mandatory compliance-based approach. Arguably, the need is greater than ever for well-informed investment decisions.
We work across all aspects of energy efficiency and cost reduction, including procurement, energy auditing and compliance (e.g. commercial EPCs, ESOS, TM44), and programme management of new heat and power projects – using conventional or low-carbon technologies.
The key remains realising a meaningful return on investment, whether it be via an immediate reduction in operating costs or through a relatively quick payback leading to quite substantial longer-term improvements in the balance sheet. We have a range of financing options to enable this.