The operator of a public sector training camp on the north-west coast of England wanted to:
- reduce its energy bill
- reduce its carbon footprint
- make its energy supply more secure.
EDF Energy carried out a two-day energy audit, which identified six opportunities to make the camp more energy efficient. The operator picked two of these measures to start with:
- installing a solar photovoltaic system capable of generating 49.9 kilowatts of electricity at peak performance
- upgrading the camp’s outside lighting with energy-efficient LEDs.
These two measures mean the camp not only uses less energy, but is also entitled to Feed-in Tariff payments – a government incentive for generating renewable energy. The savings plus the extra income add up to a saving of about £17,000 a year. The project should pay for itself in less than 10 years.