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.
“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.
Mr Brian Morley, Reading
“I’m really pleased with the PV system that R-Eco has installed – it was done quickly and efficiently by an experienced team.
The R-ECO team were always responsive to my questions, however daft; with so many companies out there offering deals, it was refreshing to speak with someone who I felt was always honest and eager to assist.”
Andrew Webb, Sennen
"Having R-ECO to work for us was a real pleasure.A very professional job which was carried out with good humour and courtesy at all times.
Mr. Hebbard, Exeter
"It was great having the R-ECO staff on site, they were friendly, upbeat, very well informed and completed the job in less time than quoted. They helped us with approaching our electricity company immediately on installation. The system has worked without a glitch for the six months since it was installed. They were even kind enough to eat my chocolate courgette cakes during tea breaks!"
Simon Mitchell, Bodmin
"When faced with a problem with the display, it was fully communicated to myself. A new one was ordered the same day and arrived the very next...a very professional and well executed installation from start to finish."