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RenEnergy proudly partners with the Spier Wine Estate, South Africa

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Our international arm, RenEnergy Africa, is the renewables partner for the Spier Wine Estate in South Africa.

RenEnergy is proud to be the renewables partner for the Spier Wine Estate: one of the oldest vineyards and wine estates in south Africa. Founded in 1682, the Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch creates some of the world’s most-celebrated wines. Photo of spier wine estate building

RenEnergy Africa supplied and installed five solar panel systems on the Spier estate: on the hotel, conference facility, wine tasting rooms, finance office and wine cellar.

The Spier Wine Estate is committed to reducing its environmental impact, using minimal chemicals and recycling more than 98% of their solid waste. Our solar installation furthers this environmental commitment by minimising the estate’s reliance on fossil fuels.

Together, the five systems supply the farm with 40,630 kWh of electricity every year. This clean, solar energy saves 16,183.9kg of C02 every year.

Alexander Matthews, Spier Wine Estate, said:

“As our solar energy partner, RenEnergy is playing a crucial role in helping us to tread evermore lightly on our planet. They have installed three solar power systems and there are more to come. We greatly appreciate their team’s hard work, dedication, professionalism – as well as the commitment they share with us to a greener future.”

Our connection with the Spier Wine Estate goes further than our renewables partnership. We are lucky enough to be based in offices on the stunning Spier Estate. At our office, we also installed two solar ground arrays, and two roof arrays.

 

Christmas Hamper Competition: Terms & Conditions

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We hope you enjoy entering our 2019 Christmas Hamper Competition.

Here are the terms and conditions:

  • The competition will run from 2 – 15 December 2019 (midnight to midnight)
  • Once all the entries are in, each entry will be assigned a number
  • We’ll then pick a random number using this random number bot
  • The entry corresponding to the picked number is the winner
  • The winner will be drawn at lunchtime on Monday 16 December and announced on our social media channels
  • We’ll also email the winner to let them know, plus arrange delivery of their hamper
  • UK entrants only: we can’t deliver any further than that before Christmas
  • Tickets are available for specific Norwich City games; we’ll arrange this when we contact the winner
  • Any questions, please email mtaylor@renenergy.co.uk

Enter the RenEnergy Christmas Hamper Competition 2019!

Christmas tree graphic: RenEnergy Christmas Hamper competition

RenEnergy Christmas Hamper Competition 2019

It’s no secret: 2019 has been a great year for RenEnergy. We installed our first solar carport for Aviva (with more on the way), as well as innovative solar systems for the likes of Norwich City Football Club, Natures Menu, and many more.

Since we’re so full of festive cheer, we’d like to celebrate by sharing a bit of it. Our 2019 Christmas hamper competition is now live!

One lucky person will receive a festive hamper, full of goodies from our fabulous customers and suppliers. That means most of the items were created using clean, solar power installed by RenEnergy. Here’s what you could win:

To be in with a chance of winning, enter using the form below. A winner will be drawn on Monday 16 December. See here for full terms and conditions.

Good Luck! And Merry Christmas 🙂

RenEnergy founder, Damian, quoted in Parking News

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Our founder and managing director, Damian Baker, is quoted in Parking News: trade publication for the parking and traffic management industry.

For once, we’re not talking about solar panels or solar carports! We feature in an article about how organisations can incorporate social values into their operations. While public sector bodies have Social Value Charters that commit them to CSR and staff wellbeing, many private sector companies do these under their own steam.

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Damian spoke to journalist, Sarah Juggins, about how RenEnergy incorporates social values into daily life. Here’s what he said:

“Like most private sector organisations, RenEnergy does not have a Social Values Charter. However, we do naturally incorporate a number of social values into our operations.

We use renewable energy to power and heat our offices, and earlier this year we completed an energy efficiency audit to reduce our overall energy consumption and carbon emissions. We also use our expertise as part of Norwich Community Solar: a cooperative that helps solar projects off the ground for community organisations (such as sports centres).

Internally, we offer extensive training for staff, and put employees through apprenticeships to upskill. We have a number of working parents on the team, so allow flexibility to accommodate their other commitments. As well as being in line with our company principles, these things simply make good business sense.”

You can read the full article online: check us out on page 16!

RenEnergy solar carport for Aviva achieves ‘highly commended’ at Solar & Storage Live Awards

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Our solar carport for Aviva was ‘highly commended’ at the Solar & Storage Live Awards last week.

We were thrilled to be nominated for the ‘commercial solar project of the year’ at Solar Power Portal’s Solar & Storage Live Awards last week.

We didn’t win, but we’re thrilled to be highly commended by the judges. We’re very proud of our solar carport for Aviva, so it feels great to receive external recognition for the project.  More importantly, the team thoroughly enjoyed themselves at the awards ceremony at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham.

Congratulations to the winners, Meadowhall Shopping Centre. We’ll be back next year to see if we can get another award under our belt.

Click here to read Solar Power Portal’s write-up of the awards.

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

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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]

 

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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?

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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