Work begins on £5 million energy saving programme

Published: Wednesday, 3rd September 2014

Work is set to begin on securing £5 million of investment in energy saving retrofits and renewable energy to schools, council land and buildings.

The improvements will pay for themselves through the energy savings made.

International energy performance partner ‘Bouygues Energies & Services’ has recently been appointed by Cambridgeshire County Council to deliver the ambitious programme.  They were appointed via the national RE:FIT procurement framework.

The programme is part of the ‘Mobilising Local Energy Investment (MLEI) project’ which is working to increase the scale of investment into local energy infrastructure that will support a low carbon economy in Cambridgeshire.  Through this retrofit programme, the County Council aims to secure £5million of investment in energy saving and renewable energy retrofits, over the next 12 months.

Some 10 sites have been identified by the Council for the pilot phase of the programme and these are now undergoing assessment by Bouygues, including 5 village colleges, 4 primary schools and the County Council’s flagship Shire Hall.  A further 50 schools and 20 other County Council sites will also come forward during the autumn. Each site will receive a detailed set of proposals; including the most appropriate energy saving and renewable energy generation measures and finance packages to pay for them. The RE:FIT framework’s Terms and Conditions ensure that Bouygues Energies & Services will guarantee the level of energy savings for each site and thus offer a secure financial saving for the school or County Council building.

The upfront costs for installation will be supported by a loan from the County Council (or other finance source) or as part of a service agreement with the school.  This is paid back over approximately 10 years from the savings in energy bills, and income from government incentives to generate renewable energy. 

Grant funding from Intelligent Energy Europe is supporting the MLEI Cambridgeshire project which has been running since late 2012. Its aim is to increase the scale of investment into energy infrastructure locally to help support the development of the low carbon economy and protect businesses and residents from future volatility of fossil fuel energy prices.

Cambridgeshire County Council Leader Steve Count, Chairman of the General Purposes Committee, said: “Securing an energy services company to work with us is great news for Cambridgeshire. Local Authorities need to operate as efficiently as possible and Bouygues Energies & Services expertise will help us to set a leading example.  We have a programme of County buildings and other sites coming forward and we’ve had a great response from schools.

Bouygues Energies & Services have an excellent track record in delivery of a range of energy services and engineering including energy infrastructure design, installation and maintenance. They were the successful bidder as part of a procurement process led by Cambridgeshire County Council’s MLEI team and supported by the national RE:FIT programme team.

Keith Pedder, Bouygues Energies & Services Energy and Engineering Director said: “We are really excited about working with the MLEI project led by Cambridgeshire County Council. We will bring the energy, engineering and financial expertise to combine with Cambridgeshire County Council’s desire for accelerated delivery of energy savings and guaranteed financial performance. This retrofit programme is a fantastic opportunity for Bouygues Energies & Services, enabling us to support a sustainable approach to the future energy demands of Cambridgeshire.

Bouygues Energies & Services have already begun site surveys with the assessment programme ongoing during the autumn.  Other local public sector organisations will also be able join the programme and benefit from reduced energy costs. It is expected that the first installations will begin during 2015.