First school commits to Energy Performance Contracting

Published: Friday, 19th June 2015

Milton (CofE) Primary School will be the first school to benefit from Energy Performance Contracting

Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) is proud to announce that Milton Church of England Primary School will be the first school in Cambridgeshire to reap the benefits of their Mobilising Local Energy Investment energy performance contracting programme.CCC partnered with an energy services company, Bouygues Energies and Services to work to improve the energy efficiency and renewable energy generation capacity of local schools.Milton Primary School is one of the early adopters and their participation has helped shape the programme.

Anna Reeder, Headteacher at Milton PS, said “Our building is not the most eco-friendly and we are constantly working to reduce our growing energy costs. This initiative will help us reduce our carbon emissions and fuel bills so more of our budget can be spent on the children's learning. We’ll also learn and work in a more sustainable manner.”

An Energy Performance Contract (EnPC) guarantees energy savings through the installation of measures such as lighting upgrades, insulation improvements, heating systems, building management controls, solar photovoltaics and biomass boilers.

“Bouygues are very pleased to have achieved our first, signed EnPC under the programme.  I look forward to celebrating the delivery of an exemplary education energy hub for Milton PS and continuing the successful delivery of similar projects across the region with CCC," said Keith Pedder, Energy and Engineering Director for Bouygues Energies & Services

With support from Intelligent Energy Europe, the County Council set up a fund to provide Cambridgeshire schools and colleges with access to a low cost loan to cover the cost of installation of upgrades tailored to the school.Schools re-pay the loan using savings they make on their energy bills and income arising from government incentives for renewable energy generation.

Milton Primary School has chosen to install a 30 kW solar array, condensing boilers, a new gas heater, insulation, and more efficient lighting. These measures will save Milton 37% on their energy bills.  Installation of the solar array was completed during summer 2015.

For more information, contact mlei@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.