Technical support for renewable energy
BioRegional can provide all the support you need to get your renewable energy installation off the ground whether it is a solar photovoltaic system for your building or a community wind turbine. We can also undertake strategic renewable energy resource assessments for specific areas.
Our renewable energy feasibility studies will take into account the unique characteristics of each site and will investigate:
- appropriate location for the technology
- energy and carbon dioxide savings
- on-going running costs
- payback periods and net present value calculations
- long term maintenance considerations; and
- planning issues.
The feasibility study can be used to satisfy Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM requirements, or it can be integrated as part of a holistic energy strategy for a building, for example to meet a zero carbon target.
Once you have chosen which technology to go for, we can assist with the procurement and commissioning of the energy solution (managing the tender process and project management of the installation).
School Energy Audit
Client: Homefield Preparatory School
Homefield preparatory school in the London Borough of Sutton wanted to reduce its environmental impact. BioRegional’s detailed energy audit of the site identified opportunities to reduce energy consumption by 25% through a student and staff behaviour change campaign and low and no cost efficiency measures. Recommendations for improvements focussed on lighting, heating, hot water, computers, equipment, ventilation and building fabric. Over £8,000 of cost savings could be achieved immediately through informed energy management alone.
Following the audit, BioRegional and Homefield staff prepared an action plan using the One Planet principles for sustainability improvements for the next academic year.
Renewable energy resource assessment
Client: Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
BioRegional provided a renewable energy resource assessment for the Royal Borough of Kingston as part of an evidence base for their Core Strategy. Opportunities for large scale wind turbines were identified along with the expected energy generation per year and potential constraints. In addition, an assessment of the potential woodfuel available within the Borough from coppicing, waste wood and arboricultural arisings was also undertaken. Opportunities for decentralised energy generation were identified based on areas with high heat demand and where new development was planned in the area. Finally, the potential for the integration of solar photovoltaics, solar thermal and ground source heating on individual buildings was also assessed.
The conclusions from this study allowed RBK to inform the definition of sustainable energy policies.
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