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RenEnergy and NCFC solar panel partnership featured in EDP

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Our solar installation for Norwich City FC’s training ground is featured in local news publication, the Eastern Daily Press.

The EDP has published an article on our recent solar roof installation at NCFC’s Lotus Training Centre. The work was completed as part of a £5m fan-funded redevelopment of the club’s training facilities.

Journalist, Caroline Culot, provided a great write-up of the project, as well as our new partnership with Norwich City FC. We’re sponsoring the team for the 2019/20 season as they take on the Premier League: read more about it here.

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Our solar carport for Aviva Norwich featured in Parking News

RenEnergy’s solar carport at Aviva Horizon, Norwich is featured in the September issue of Parking News.

Parking News is the monthly publication for the British Parking Association: the trade body for the parking and traffic management profession. Back in July, we invited Sarah Juggins, journalist for Parking News, along to our open day at Aviva Horizon.

Turn to page 20 of the online publication to see Sarah’s write up of our Aviva solar carport project.

RenEnergy featured in Parking News

RenEnergy’s NCFC project featured in Solar Power Portal

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Thanks to Solar Power Portal for publishing an article about our recent installation at partnership with Norwich City Football Club.

We installed a double roof array at the club’s Lotus Training Centre as part of a £5m redevelopment.

Completing the installation as part of the ongoing work at Colney Lane minimised disruption at the site. The installation helps offset the unavoidable energy usage and C02 emissions associated with running a football club.

Ben Kensell, COO at Norwich City, added: “We are delighted to welcome on board RenEnergy. They have been able to offer us a renewable and long-lasting solution to our energy consumption at the Lotus Training Centre which falls directly in-line with the aim of lowering our carbon footprint.”

You can read the full article over on Solar Power Portal.

 

RenEnergy partners with NCFC for 2019-20 Premier League Season

RenEnergy and Norwich City FC logos

Following a solar installation at Norwich City FC’s training ground, we’ve furthered our support for the club by partnering with them for the 2019-20 season.

Earlier this year, we installed two solar PV systems on the roofs of the newly-built gym and academy at the Lotus Training Centre. This was part of the club’s £5m redevelopment of the training facilities.

While these new facilities are essential for the development of the club and the players, they add additional demand to an already energy-intensive site. Our solar panel installation allows the club to save money on their energy spend by generating their own clean, low carbon electricity.

The PV installation…

  • Uses 192 solar panels over the two roofs
  • Generates 57,596 kWh of energy every year – that’s enough to keep four floodlights lit for 174.5 games of football [1]
  • Saves 25,658 kg of C02 every year by generating clean energy [2]

 

Tom Lloyd with Ben Kensell

Our Sales Director, Tom Lloyd, with NCFC’s COO, Ben Kensell

Ben Kensell, Chief Operating Officer at Norwich City FC, said:

“We are delighted to welcome on board RenEnergy. They have been able to offer us a renewable and long-lasting solution to our energy consumption at the Lotus Training Centre which falls directly in-line with the aim of lowering our carbon footprint.”

RenEnergy is thrilled to be supporting Norwich City through their time in the Premier League, and we wish them the best of luck for the rest of the season.

You can read the full press release on the Norwich City website.

 

[1] The exact performance of solar panels is difficult to predict, due to the variability in the amount of solar radiation (sunlight) from location to location and from year to year. These figures are based on Microgeneration Certification Standard (MCS) procedure and assume perfect conditions. These figures assume the use of four standard 55kW floodlights.

[2] Using an MCS approved carbon factor of 0.53.

RenEnergy shortlisted for Solar & Storage Live Awards 2019

Solar Power Portal: Solar & Storage Live Awards

We’re pleased to announce that RenEnergy has been shortlisted for Solar Power Portal’s 2019 Solar & Storage Live Awards! Our solar carport project for Aviva is up for Commercial Project of the Year Award.

Covering 250 parking spaces at their Horizon building in Norwich, Aviva’s solar carport will generate 542,000 kWh of electricity per year. That’s enough to power 138 homes. The installation saves 166.5 tonnes of CO2, and allows the building to be 100% off-grid and during peak hours. Aviva is committed to staff happiness, so it was essential we completed the 13 -week project with minimal disruption. Aviva became a carbon neutral insurer in 2006, and the carport is a further example to the firm’s environmental corporate responsibility. Click here to read our Aviva case study in full.

The solar carport we installed for Aviva is one of the largest in the UK, and this shortlisting is a testament to the hard work our team put in to execute this project.

We wish the best of luck to all firms shortlisted in the Solar & Storage Live Awards. We’ll see you at the awards ceremony in September!

RenEnergy wins Cranfield University Solar PV contract

RenEnergy has been awarded the design and build contract for a 1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) array at Cranfield University, Bedfordshire.

The project will be fully funded by the University, without any government support through the ROOFIT scheme, making this one of the first and largest subsidy-free renewable energy schemes in the country.

Damian Baker, RenEnergy MD said: ‘We are delighted to have been appointed as the solar PV contractor for such a prestigious institution. The University’s reputation for world class engineering and project management education aligns perfectly with our own values for the deployment of high-quality renewable energy solutions.’

The ground-mounted array will be situated at Cranfield Airfield, adjacent to the University’s main campus, feeding the generated energy directly into the sites 11 kV network via private wire.

Solar PV will contribute over 5% of the sites annual energy demand, not only furthering the carbon saving efforts at the University, but also providing a key renewable energy research facility for the students.

Feargal Brennan, Cranfield’s Director of Energy and Power, said: ‘Cranfield has a reputation for providing students with the opportunity to use industrial-scale facilities for education and training support. The solar farm will not only provide a new facility which can be used by students but also a sustainable, reliable and affordable energy supply to the campus.’

Key suppliers:

  • PV Modules: Hanwha Q-Cell – QPLUS 285w
  • Inverters: Fronius ECO & Symo string inverters
  • Ground mounting frame: Hi-Span
  • Transformer: Wilson

The 3,508 solar panel installation will cover an area of two hectares to the east of the main runway, and generate approximately 1,000 MWh of energy per year, sufficient to power 300 homes.

Damian Baker said: ‘We are all facing energy challenges as we try to balance the demands of growth and sustainability. Solar integrates well into existing infrastructure to provide a clean, cost-effective, long-term power solution, as is the case at Cranfield, where our solar array will interact with the combined heat and power (CHP) plant onsite to provide energy without exporting to the grid.’

Integration with the existing energy infrastructure was a key engineering consideration at the tender stage, further complicated by an export limit of 0 kW imposed by the DNO. Fortunately, RenEnergy were able to call upon extensive experience of similar projects to design a viable and cost effective solution.

Gareth Ellis, Energy & Environment Manager said: ‘The University is committed to renewable energy and the installation of the PV panels will improve our carbon footprint. Cranfield already has a CHP on site producing 60% of their electricity. We have made significant reductions in carbon emissions in recent years and are well on our way to achieving our target of a 50% reduction by 2020 against our 2005 figures.’

If you would like more information about this project, or how to save money and decarbonise your own business, please contact Tom Lloyd on +44 (0) 1603 71 3448 | +44 (0) 7766 18 1810 | tlloyd@renenergy.co.uk

How a Solar PPA Can Benefit Your Business?

banner of commercial solar PV webpage displaying solar farm

You may have seen that many businesses have invested in solar energy.

Why? Solar energy is a great way for your business to reduce its electricity bills, obtain energy security in the future and reach its Corporate Social Responsibility.

You may have looked into a solar power system for your own business for those very reasons but do not have the capital available. At RenEnergy we believe that this should not be a barrier and have a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to help your business.

What is a PPA?

A Power Purchase Agreement relieves your business from needing to find the capital for an upfront cost. Instead RenEnergy funds and owns the system. We simply lease the roof off you and maintain the system for 25 years.

You purchase the electricity from us, but only what you use, at a rate that is cheaper than you are currently paying.

For example, if you currently pay 14 p/kWh you may have a PPA of 11.2 p/kWh. Saving you 20 % off your current electricity price, without having to pay any extra!

What happens in the future?

We own the system for 25 years, selling you electricity at a low price that has been agreed between both parties.

After 25 years you own the system and generate electricity that is directly used by you, with no more costs to pay.

If you move premises or are no longer operating with in the next 25 years you do not need to worry! The lease is fully transferable to the new tenant of the building.

I’m interested! What shall I do now?

If you would like to benefit from a solar PPA then get in touch with us for more information and a quote:

info@renenergy.co.uk

 

Sustainable Food and Beverage Conference

On Tuesday 7th we will be attending the Sustainable Food and Beverage Conference.

Ever wandered how your company could reduce electricity bills or how your company could reach its CSR? We will be able to answer your questions with our presentation at 10.15 in seminar 6.

We have worked with many food and beverage companies in the past, most noticeably Bernard Matthews, where we installed 5 MW across a number of sites.

If you are attending the show we would love to discuss how we can help your company save money with renewable energy. If you cannot make the show but would like to know more get in touch!

Solar PV system fault – Not True

RenEnergy has been made aware of several companies that claiming our PV systems are catching fire and that they will send an engineer out to fix the problem.

We would like to confirm that this is not true. RenEnergy has not partnered with any maintenance companies nor have we passed on any customer details to third parties. We would like to reassure you that RenEnergy takes consumer protection seriously. Please be assured that contact details are not shared by RenEnergy.

Please contact RenEnergy if you have recently been approached by a company claiming a faulty system.

If you have any concerns about the information you have been provided by an installation or maintenance company, please contact RenEnergy (Tel: 01603 713448 / Email: info@renenergy.co.uk)

RenEnergy constructs largest ‘behind the meter’ solar PV installation in Norfolk

Briar Chemicals Solar PV

RenEnergy has started construction of a 1.9MW solar Photo Voltaic (PV) plant at the Briar Chemicals site in Norwich, UK.

The PV array will provide low carbon energy directly into the Briar facility, with any surplus generation going to the national energy grid. The development will be built on a site adjacent to the plant, utilising an otherwise undeveloped plot of land to generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 400 houses, and offset 860 tonnes of CO2 annually.

Unique PPA funding model

The solar array will be installed at no capital cost to Briar; rather it will be owned and maintained by RenEnergy, selling the energy produced in a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). This in itself is not an unusual business model, with PPA deals becoming an increasingly common way for business to fund solar PV. However, this project is unique in its deployment of a ‘market tracking’ PPA model, whereby RenEnergy offers a percentage discount on whatever rate Briar can negotiate on the energy market, ensuring that they never pay more for their renewable energy than they would from the grid, even in the unlikely scenario that energy prices crash.

This funding innovation is just one way that RenEnergy is trying to adjust to a post-subsidy market, in order to deliver savings and sustainability to as many businesses as possible. Read more about PPA funded solar in post-subsidy Britain here.

Mounting frame ready for PV panels

Keeping business competitive and sustainable

Over the 25-year life of the project, the discount will amount to significant operational savings, helping Briar remain competitive and sustainable in a global market, whilst complimenting the operation of the existing Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant.

Tim Green, Executive Director and Site Manager said: “This is an exciting project; it will allow us to use power generated from the sun and use it within our manufacturing processes.  This will enable us to focus on production of cost-effective high quality chemicals, knowing that we are doing so in an extremely environmentally friendly way.”

Damian Baker, MD of RenEnergy said: “We have been working with Briar for over nine months to deliver this project. The system had to be designed to ensure it met the high standards demanded in this engineering sector and is a real testament to all involved.”

The installation will consist of 6,508 Solar World PV panels connected to 84 Fronius inverters. The ground frame used to mount the panels was designed and manufactured by Hi-Span in Wymondham, part of RenEnergy’s policy to use local suppliers whenever possible.

Designed in order for peak generation to coincide with Briar’s peak energy load. The solar plant will produce approximately 1,800,000 kWh of energy a year, of which over 70% will be consumed on site, with the surplus being exported for use elsewhere on the electricity grid.

Specially designed ground frame from Hi-Span, Wymondham

Improved biodiversity

In addition to the generation of low carbon energy, the ground array will enhance the biodiversity of the area, providing shelter and habitat to a wide variety of insects, animals and wildflowers, further adding to the green credentials of the project.

More about Briar Chemicals 

Briar Chemicals deliver chemical synthesis, formulation, packing and shipping services to customers across the globe. From their site in Norwich, they service world-leading companies in the crop protection, fine and speciality sectors, utilising a broad asset and technology base, underpinned by quality driven project management and operational excellence.

Have you considered free solar PV for your business?

Free solar PV

Reduce overheads, improve green credentials and secure your energy future with a free solar PV system from RenEnergy.

Energy-intensive businesses are perfectly placed to take advantage of our well-established Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) funding model, and could be saving thousands per year on energy bills without any capital outlay.

RenEnergy has developed and delivered a number of high-profile PPA solar projects across the UK. At its simplest, RenEnergy enters into a lease agreement with you for 25-40 years, allowing us to install a solar PV array on your otherwise redundant available roof or ground space. We then sell your business the green energy generated at a discounted rate. If it is not used we export it to the national grid.

This arrangement has several core benefits to your business, all with zero capital outlay:

  • Significantly reduce your annual energy expenditure. Often the single greatest cost to a business after wages.
  • Improve your green credentials. Solar PV is a big tick against your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which not only sits well with end consumers, but is increasingly valued throughout your whole supply chain. Ultimately, going green could be crucial to securing the next big contract.
  • Hedge against energy inflation. By reducing your dependence on the grid, you are sheltering your company from unpredictable and fluctuating costs. With green levies and transmission charges accounting for over 50% of an energy bill, prices are set to rocket in the coming years, even if commodity prices don’t.
  • Fixed or flexible tariffs. No two companies are the same, so we offer PPA deals to best suit your financial plan. Choose from either a fixed (index linked) discount rate for the duration of the term, or opt for our proprietary market-tracking model. Where we will sell you energy at the given market rate less 10%.
  • Help to meet ESOS, and other government enforced commitments. Whilst currently voluntary, the government will increasingly move towards ‘stick’ methods to meet its carbon commitments. Offset your impact now before you are forced to comply with expensive measures or hit with significant carbon taxes.
  • Maintenance and hassle free. As part of the lease agreement your system will have an ongoing operation and maintenance contract, allowing you to focus on your core business activities.
  • No Minimum requirement on use. We only ask that if you use power you use our cheaper greener energy first but no minimum quantity.
  • Non-binding and fully transferable. In the event that your business outgrows your current premises, the PPA contract can be transferred to the new occupants.
  • Add to your bottom line and ultimately your company’s value. Reduce your overheads and increase your EBITDA.
  • Ownership of the system transfers to you at the end of the lease. Solar PV has a useful life of at least 40 years, meaning that you will receive FREE green energy for its remaining 20 year lifetime.

Suitability will vary, but if you are a large energy consumer, have available roof or ground space, and own or have a long-term lease on your business premises, you could be adding thousands to your bottom line.

Give our team a call today to discuss suitability and potential savings on 01603 713448 or email info@renenergy.co.uk

RenEnergy O&M services are in full swing

At RenEnergy our expertise and attention to detail don’t end with the successful completion of a project. We go further, offering comprehensive Operation & Maintenance contracts to ensure that our solutions deliver the best possible return on your investment.

Regular health checks and continuous monitoring will minimize the risk of any system downtime, giving you peace of mind that your PV array is working hard to save you money.

For a set annual fee our comprehensive O&M contracts include:

  • Annual health check, including full technical service
    • Site visit from one of our highly trained technical team who will perform a multi-point check to ensure optimal performance. They will spot any early warning signs and compile a list of ‘advisory’ actions to avoid any potential loss in performance and earnings.
  • Continuous remote system monitoring
    • Our office staff will keep a close eye on your investment, recording detailed performance data. Our pro-active fault finding service will reduce potential downtime, including over the phone technical assistance to quickly resolve any minor errors.
  • Quarterly and annual performance reports
    • Portfolio overview
    • Performance ratio comparisons against predicted yields
    • Maintenance log
    • Advisories
  • Three operational call outs per year
    • If a technical fault cannot be rectified remotely we will send a technician up to three times per year at no additional cost to you. Any replacement parts outside of warranty will be charged on a job-by-job basis.
  • FiT check
    • We will compare your annual FiT payments to the monitored yields ensuring that you are receiving full and correct payments.
  • Insurance appraisal
    • Once a year we will provide an appraisal of the current value of your system, allowing you to amend your insurance and save money.

Module Cleaning

We do offer a full module cleaning service upon request; however this is not included in our annual O&M contract, as we find it can often be surplus to requirement. We will advise when we think your system would benefit from our cleaning service, but our goal is to increase your return for the minimum annual cost.

Even if RenEnergy was not the original installer of your PV array, give us a call today and see how we can help you to manage your asset.