Generating energy is a great way for Schools and larger institutions to start to mitigate the rising cost of traditional energy sources.  Either Solar PV or biomass or both will have a significant impact by reducing your consumption from the grid.

Both of these technologies are currently benefitting from government backed incentives that can fund new systems that require no capital investment from your School.  FITs and RHI incentives are available for a 20 year period to fund the initial outlay via intelligent finance with the payback period on the systems being between 4-7 years.

 Solar PV

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Solar PV is the cleanest form of renewable energy, generating energy from the sun through photo voltaic cells.  These PV systems convert the sunlight into direct current (DC) and this electricity is then converted into mains Alternating Current (AC) to be used either within the buildings or sold back to the grid.
Contrary to popular opinion, solar PV works with daylight and not direct sunlight enabling sites to benefit from installing a PV system 365 days a year.
There has never been a better time to install Solar PV onto school buildings – with the increasing cost of electricity (set to increase dramatically over the next six years) and the benefits of the Feed in Tariff (FIT’s) – it makes financial sense for Schools to invest in PV.

Biomass Boilers


 Increasingly Biomass boilers are a genuine alternative to traditional gas or oil fired boilers in schools.  Biomass boilers are fired from wood chips or pellets that are normally locally sourced, carbon neutral and renewable.  Biomass is particularly attractive to sites still using oil fired boilers as the pellets are up to 50% cheaper than buying heating oil and burn as efficiently.  Biomass Boilers can be Tri-generation (providing heat, power & cooling) as well maximising the efficiency of energy produced.
Biomass Boilers work by feeding the pellets into the boiler when required.  Fuel is stored in Hoppers next to the boiler and it is delivered by lorry every few weeks or months depending on the size of hopper or storage.
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) makes funding an upgrade to a biomass boiler much more affordable.  You will receive a RHI payment for every kWh of heat produced  for 20 years and in most cases this enables the new boiler to be paid back in 5 years.

Funding Options

There are a range of different funding options for Schools and public sector organisations.  The table below summarises the most popular three options.
Generation Funding Models

Please contact our Energy Team at <mail> or on 0300 111 0175 for more information.