Campbell & Kennedy completes first tranche of solar PV installations for Ormiston and Brooke Weston Academies as part of large-scale energy saving project

Brooke Weston Trust and Ormiston Academies Trust as part of a larger energy saving project.

Campbell & Kennedy has recently completed the first phase of solar PV installations for Brooke Weston Trust and Ormiston Academies Trust as part of a larger energy saving project.

The solar project is part of an overall energy pilot scheme, the MAT Loans Pilot Scheme, which has seen both trusts collaborate to secure a loan to fund the installation of energy saving technologies across their sites. This is the first time two academy trusts have worked together on a joint energy saving project and it is something that could be rolled out to other academy trusts across the country. The loan from the Education and Skills Funding Agency will help the trusts to reduce their buildings’ CO2 emissions and bring about long-term cost savings.

The works were awarded to Campbell & Kennedy following a competitive tender via the YPO Low Carbon Electrical Micro-generation framework. To date over 500kWp and 1800 panels have been installed across eight schools, reducing carbon emissions by over seven thousand tonnes during the lifetime of the systems.

The trusts, which manage over 40 academies between them, have already installed LED lighting across several schools, estimated to generate savings in excess of £1m over the course of their lifespan. Brooke Weston Academy has yielded thousands of pounds worth of savings in the first few months of both technologies being installed. The generated electricity from the PV cells is providing electricity at 5.2p per unit with the excess being exported back into the National Grid.

Gerry Kennedy, Managing Director at Campbell & Kennedy said, “This project has been a perfect example of tried and tested technologies and processes being used to create environmental benefits for the next and future generations. As we all know budgets are tight in the public sector and this is where we see projects like this this playing a crucial role to create further income streams”.

Following this initial project and Philip Hammond’s recent budget announcement, whereby schools have been given £50K per secondary school for capital projects like equipment and maintenance, Campbell & Kennedy has joined forces with property consultants, Barker Associates and energy consultants, EO Consultant, to form a working group aimed at highlighting the benefits of academies investing in energy saving technologies. The group state that the appropriate investment of the additional £50,000 per secondary school could provide a return in excess of £250,000, which can be invested elsewhere for the school.

About Campbell & Kennedy:
Established for over 60 years, Campbell & Kennedy (C&K) is an award-winning family business with four main divisions: Technology, Energy, Electrical and Fire. With a range of solutions for both public and private sector organisations, C&K holds multiple accreditations and has been appointed to numerous procurement frameworks across the UK. Clients include The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Ministry of Justice, DMSL, Sigfox, Bupa, BT, HM Prison Service, The Coal Authority and various Local Authorities and Housing Associations.
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