Hospice seeks electricity savings with PV

St. Richard’s Hospice in Worcester has decided to act quickly to install PV on their hospice before the degression of the tariffs at year end 2015. The 87% cut in tariffs means that the hospice will be able to benefit from returns over 16% with a cos competitive scheme being installed by Energy Gain UK.

Leading Energy supported the hospice by assessing the viability of the scheme, progressing critical planning and DNO approvals and running a speedy tender process. The successful contractors were chosen for their track record on commercial projects and prospective longevity in the difficult market conditions for PV.

The installer and hospice are working closely together to enable the manager to manage the hospice patient rooms and consultation areas to minimise disturbance.

The project anticipates savings of 3,860 MWh/year which will contribute to employing more nurses for the hospice.

Biomass boilers successfully commissioned at Sidcot School

Sidcot School is on track to make huge energy savings by converting inefficient oil boilers, supplying space heating and hot water, to Hargassner biomass boilers. Leading Energy acted as energy consultants to the school starting with a broad energy audit to look at energy savings opportunities across the site. The oil boilers were at the end of their life and considered to be a risk to the heating reliability of the school which dictated the priority this project had over other renewables.

The oil consumption at the school on the main building was around 748,500 kWh per year or 72,600 litres of oil.

Previous CO2 emissions were around 185 tonnes of CO2/year. Expected savings should be around 167 tonnes/CO2/year.

Leading Energy managed the tender process and guided the school through the selection process: the tenders varied hugely in price and also in boiler sizing indicating the difficulty of approaching these types of projects without good technical support. Wood Energy were the successful contractor working with their specialist installer Aston Cord Services. Simon Hayes, Aston Cord director noted that “the project was challenging because we set the target of integrating the system into the fabric of the school and had to design out noise to the boarding school area”. The system also included a conversion to gas which the school believed would be too costly and difficult- we extended the gas main and installed gas back-up boilers for peak load conditions thus reducing the CO2 footprint further.

ESOS enforcement

The Environment Agency have updated the enforcement position on ESOS. The legal deadline has not changed as this has been set by the EU directive – this is still the 5 December 2015 but the regulator has the scope to modify enforcement action relating to compliance. This means that if you notify the EA by 5 December 2015 if you are not able to fully comply they will not expect to take enforcement action until 29 January 2016. Those seeking ISO 50001 certification as a route to compliance have until 30 June 2016 provided notification is received.

You need to notify the EA via the online portal giving information why you have been unable to comply.

If you have not yet contacted an ESOS lead assessor and you are a compliant organisation then contact Leading Energy now for advice.

Office: 01299 890185

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  • 22nd October 2015
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Allegis Group starts ESOS audit

Allegis Group have appointed Leading Energy to conduct an energy audit for ESOS compliance on their portfolio of commercial buildings. Allegis Group have office throughout the UK and seek to reduce energy costs and  drive improved energy performance from their leased buildings.

  • 8th July 2015
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Parc Y Scarlets progresses energy savings with LEDs

The Parc Y Scarlets management team in Llanelli have decided to adopt an LED lighting replacement programme to replace existing inefficient fluorescents with the latest LED designs from Allied Lighting. The scheme has needed careful analysis of savings as the building already has a 250kWp PV scheme and another PV scheme being commissioned by Dragon Energy. The team have opted for a scheme that will deliver attractive savings with a 5 year warranty and will also enhance the aesthetics of this high profile venue.

Penderyn Distillery – Energy Auditing

unlagged steam pipe

unlagged steam pipe

Penderyn Distillery is a boutique Welsh whisky of distinction produced in the heart of the Brecons. The distillery is seeking to reduce its carbon footprint further, having already installed a 50kWp PV system.

Leading Energy has worked closely with the plant manager to identify potential savings in the lighting system, process heat losses, drives, fans and compressors. The plant manager also wishes to improve the ventilation system and optimise waste processing from the plant. Leading Energy is supporting project development of solutions in these areas as a follow up to the initial audit.

Penderyn are looking to invest in a LED lighting project to make significant energy savings in the distillery and warehousing facility. Leading Energy has managed the tender process on behalf of the client and helped to define the plant requirements with the plant operation team.


Millfield School


Review of School’s renewable energy strategy with recommendations to reduce energy use and maximise returns from installations.

  • Client: Millfield School
  • Key suppliers: Energy Gain UK
  • Completion Date: 2012/2013

Leading Energy led the evaluation process with this client to ensure best value for CO2 reductions and capital expenditure.

Sudden cutting of the government’s Feed-in Tariff rates meant a rapid response from the project team. The PV array also creates a high visual impact raising the profile of renewable energy systems on the site and complements the building’s organic design.

The design complements the organic shape of the building, which has a prominent position on the site with the roof being visible from the sports field. A large panel inside the dining room displays the instantaneous and cumulative kWh generated.

The architects DKA led by David Kent evaluated shading and PV layout. They designed the original banana shaped building which was built to avoid felling the Wellingtonia tree. The tree is now of considerable size and it was decided to design the PV system to avoid the shading of the tree rather than fell the tree which has become part of the landscape; a difficult dilemma, as always, when balancing ecological decisions with carbon reduction projects. DKA have designed a number of exemplar education buildings.

The tender was won by Energy Gain UK who specified Pangea Gallium enriched monocrystalline panels to offer higher performance after 25 years.