Like most small clubs, unincorporated associations and community groups energy bills can form a significant part of an organisation's running costs. The members of Amersham & Chiltern Rugby, decided a smarter way to support their club was through investing in a solar electric system to reduce the clubs bills and provide a return to those members willing to invest.
Lower Shaw Farm recently powered down with a new solar photovoltaic system. The farm hosts activities and courses ranging from weekend breaks to week-long events, and one-day workshops. There are things for grown-ups, children, and anyone in between.
New legislations dictate that all liveable buildings must have an Energy Performance Certificate with the exception of schools and community buildings, as they tend to be difficult to fully assess and are usually ideal for Solar PV due to the nature of their use. This exemption does not however, include churches.
R-ECO was contacted by the Manchester Housing Co-operative to renovate a mid terrace Victorian property as a case study for how inner city buildings can be made energy efficient whilst offering benefits to the tenants, property owners and local industry. R-ECO was delighted to help develop this model through the installation of roof integrated solar slates.
On the 13th May 2011, the Renewable Energy Co-operative installed and commissioned its first community project at Sterts Theatre, near Liskeard, North Cornwall. Cornwall Council provided funding via the Strategic Arts Clients' Capital fund, and R-ECO provided match funding for the project. The Sterts theatre is now the proud owner of a 6kWp Solar PV system, resulting in a reduction to their energy bill of an estimated 70%, aiming to make Sterts theatre carbon neutral by 2016.
"Your great team have done a wonderful job. Many thanks to R- ECO"
Mr. Catchpole, Cornwall
"Hi, thanks so much for a really brilliant installation! Your team are fantastic and have done a lovely job, as well as being a pleasure to have around. Thanks for being on hand to resolve any issues promptly.
We already have a stream of admiring visitors!"
Suzette Starmer, Oxford
“R-ECO were very professional, very efficient and delivered the job on time and on budget. The quality of their work was very good as was their after sales service. Given the size of our electricity bills this has been a really good investment for us and I am very happy to recommend R-ECO.” Alan Shannon Owner and Managing Director
"Very friendly and helpful. And when there was an issue with the roof which needed fixing very helpful finding a solution within the timeframe. …"
Trev Williams, Oxford
“R-ECO ...were a pleasure to work with and have on site. They were tidy, had a great attitude were happy to just get on and do the work, nothing was too much trouble. The Estates Manager was very impressed that is was all done so quickly.”
S. Adlam, R J Leighfield
“At the initial design meeting R-ECO`s solar PV experience , knowledge and understanding of the project brief was highly evident. Producing a considered installation design coupled with an understandable cost/benefit analysis enabled project endorsement."
"Thank you to Tim and the team for installing our solar panels; it was great to have the benefit of such a knowledgeable and enthusiastic group of people working on the house. I can't believe we're up and running and generating our own electricity!"
Jill Jones, Oxford
“Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou to all for making it possible for us to sell our electricity back to the grid we have been waiting a long time for this and are over the moon with the co-operation from R-ECO"
Mr & Mrs Flemming
"This is just to say thank you again, to you and Andy, for giving up your time and talking to our FdSc in Renewable Energy Technology students yesterday. We found it fascinating listening to you both and it was pitched at just the right level. I am sure that it was both informative and inspiring for our students."
Mike Williams, CC Tutor
We are very satisfied with the installation and thank your team for their care and attention to detail throughout the process.