09 Jan 2009
The funding scheme you need to look into is the Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 2, which provides grants of 50% for public sector bodies. You can find more information at www.lowcarbonbuildingsphase2.org.uk
This provides grants for a range of microgeneration technologies, including ground source heat pumps, solar hot water, solar pv, wind turbines and biomas systems.
Match funding for LCBP2 projects is also available (in England) through the Community Sustainable Energy Programme, so potentially you could achieve a 100% grant assisted project. LCBP2 however is likely to close for applications by June 2009, so you will need to be quick!
The technology(ies) you choose will depend to a large extent on your circumstance. Is the school being extended or refurbished? Is it already energy efficient or is it an old "leaky" building? Do you need to replace the heating system? Is the heating system currently using oil (you mention being rural)? Do you have a high hot water demand? Do you have particularly high electricity consumption?
The right technology solution will depend a lot on the answers to these sorts of questions. Probably the most likely will be either ground source heat pumps, biomass or solar pv.
If you would like to contact me for a detailed discussion please do so, my details are:
Head of Renewables
In the meantime you might be interested to take a look at this case study:
11 Jan 2009
Whilst I completely endorse Chris Davis' response, I suspect that many of the terms and approaches outlined are new/"alien" to you. We are currently working with a number of primary schools with similar aims to yourselves, i would be pleased to discuss these with you.
Carbon Control Limited
Tel: 078999 23031
13 Jan 2009
Have you considered infrared heating? This is very energy efficient and can be located on the ceiling giving much more needed space to a classroom and is also out of reach. With modern infrared technology the heating costs can literally be pence per hour per classroom and are SAP recognised as ‘direct acting electric heaters’, and are treated as 100% efficient (table 4a).
If you would like to discuss infrared technology or see working samples, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
UK Marketing & Sales Director
infraNOMIC UK Limited
+44 (0) 113 252 4031
13 Jan 2009
Perhaps I can suggest you look at Eco-eye real time electricity monitors as an efficient and relatively inexpensive way of making a start with reducing you carbon footprint. The data Eco-eye provides encourages both staff and children to change their behaviour as consumers of electricity which acan make savings of
. It is also a useful tool in the classroom as energy effieciency and consumer responsibility is embedded in the curriculum in many subject areas. Eco-eye is currently offfering all schools a special discount on all products. Please see the Education Page at www.eco-eye.com or call the Eco-eye office on 01903 851905,
Modern Moulds and Tools Ltd
Tel 01903 851905
22 Jan 2009
If you are in a rural location, wind turbines may also be a good option. Wind energy could generate most of your electricity in a suitable location (and generate payback) as well as visually demonstrating to students that renewable energy works. If you are looking for an independent Renewable Energy survey on the site, to assess which options are feasible, then there are many survey options. We can provide a Survey service for schools as well as grants advice.
Renewable Energy Advisor
British Eco Ltd, 0845 257 0041
02 Feb 2010
Autoflame specialises in maximising the efficiency and reliability of boiler plant. With over 30 years experience we have helped many organisations to realise financial and carbon savings by improving the control of their boiler plant, we have just completed a successful energy saving project on the boiler room at Charles Darwin School in Biggin Hill, Kent.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like a more information on this; also it was entirely funded by the Salilx Energy Efficiency Loans Scheme- I would reccommend having a look into that.
Tel: + 44 (0) 845 8722 033
Website : www.autoflame.com