NHS must act now to beat deadline for £46m NEEF fund for LED lighting

Lighting and energy efficiency solutions business Energys Group is encouraging NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts to act now in order to take advantage of an additional £46m of funding available for LED lighting upgrades and installations.

The deadline for applications is 30th November.

The funding has been announced by NHS Improvement. It is designed to inject £46m of Public Dividend Capital (PDC) to the NHS Energy Efficiency Fund (NEEF) in order to drive direct energy efficiency in the NHS.

LED lighting will provide better quality lighting for both patients and staff, as well as reducing maintenance and energy costs, and cutting carbon.

Kevin Cox, Managing Director at Energys Group said: “We are urging Estate Managers across the NHS to move swiftly to take advantage of it this funding stream. The clock is ticking – and there are less than two weeks to go.

“This £46m fund will help NHS Trusts to reduce carbon and energy bills as well as deliver a cut to maintenance costs. This frees up much-needed funds which can be put directly back into front line services.”

LED Lighting Framework Agreements

As timescales for applying for and using the funds are very tight, Energys Group is urging Trusts to take advantage of one of the existing LED Lighting Framework Agreements which give Trusts access to pre-qualified organisations, thereby ensuring both an efficient and cost-effective delivery.

Energys Group has recently been approved by the Essentia Framework (for NHS LED lighting) and is also an approved supplier under the YPO Framework. Both frameworks provide a free service to NHS Trusts to support the entire process from bidding for the Grant monies, through tendering the work and delivery of the solution.

Applications for NEEF should be submitted through the NHS Improvement Estates and Facilities Collaboration Hub. However, for an initial energy audit or advice on LED upgrades, NHS estates teams can contact Energys Group direct.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on 30th November.

Energys Group encourages NHS Trusts to take advantage of NEW £46m funding

Energys Group is encouraging NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts to take advantage of an additional £46m of funding available for LED lighting installations.

The funding has been announced by NHS Improvement, and will inject £46m of Public Dividend Capital (PDC) to the NHS Energy Efficiency Fund (NEEF) in order to drive direct energy efficiency in the NHS.

LED lighting will provide better quality lighting for both patients and staff, as well as reducing maintenance and energy costs, and cutting carbon.

Kevin Cox, Managing Director at Energys Group comments “Estate Managers across the NHS have a huge challenge in striking a fine balance of patient care coupled with operational efficiency.

“The announcement of this additional funding for NHS Trusts across England is great news. This fund will help to reduce carbon and energy bills as well as deliver a cut to maintenance costs. This frees up much-needed funds which can be put directly back into front line services. We strongly urge NHS Trusts to act quickly and secure this additional funding before the deadline and reap the multiple benefits.”

As timescales for applying for and using the funds are very tight, Energys Group is urging Trusts to take advantage of one of the existing LED Lighting Framework Agreements which give Trusts access to pre-qualified organisations – thereby ensuring both an efficient and cost-effective delivery.

Energys Group has recently been approved by the Essentia Framework (for NHS LED lighting) and is also an approved supplier under the YPO Framework. Both frameworks provide a free service to NHS Trusts to support the entire process from bidding for the Grant monies, through tendering the work and delivery of the solution.

Applications for NEEF should be submitted through the NHS Improvement Estates and Facilities Collaboration Hub. However, for an initial energy audit or advice on LED upgrades, NHS estates teams can contact Energys Group direct.

The deadline for applications is 12 pm 30th November 2018.

 

New Salix funding for academies and sixth forms announced

In conjunction with the Department for Education (DfE), Salix has now opened its applications for the Salix Energy Efficiency Fund (SEEF).

The interest-free funding is available for all individual academies, academy sixth forms, free schools and those in Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs), who are seeking ways to reduce their energy usage.

Over 100 technologies are eligible for the funding, including LED upgrades and intelligent boiler controls.

Applicants are not required to make any upfront payments, instead the interest-free funding is repaid based upon the predicted energy savings.

Deadline and timescales

Applications opened on Friday 28th September 2018, and the deadline for submissions is Friday 30th November 2018.

Projects need to be completed by December 2019, with the loan value being repaid within an eight year period.

Energys Group has helped many schools and colleges apply for Salix funding, including the College of North West London whose cost savings were so substantial that the college was able to achieve payback on its capital investment in just two-and-a-half years.

Visit the Salix website for further information on funding; or contact Energys Group to find out how we can help.

7 things Bloomberg and EEVS’s September Energy Efficiency Trends report tells us

Bloomberg and EEVS’s latest September Energy Efficiency Trends report is live. What does it tell us about the sector today?

1. Market confidence

Smiles are back on the face of UK energy efficiency. An estimated 10% uptick in energy efficient project commissioning for the last quarter brings welcome relief, following five consecutive quarters of below average consumer investment.

2. Lighting is the no. 1 technology– and BEMs are on the rise

Lighting remains the number one choice for respondents implementing energy efficiency projects. Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) come second and are on the rise – these are now being commissioned by more than 60% of the report’s active consumer respondents.

Boiler controls and lighting controls fall within the top five energy efficiency technologies commissioned.

3. Returns come fast

More and more customers are prioritising quick returns on their energy efficiency spend; a typical expectation is now in the region of 4 years.

4. Prices on the up

In a material change to the long term trend towards static pricing across the sector, this quarter some 40% of respondents reported price increases.

5. Government action required

On energy efficiency policy, supplier sentiment remains firmly in negative territory with over half of respondents considering the current policy framework to be ineffective.

That said, the report’s interviewees were keen on the recent BEIS consultation ‘Building a market for energy efficiency: call for evidence’, but under 20% think the government is managing the economy well.

6. Large scale projects are on the rise

The uptick in customer spending this quarter is primarily driven by a jump in large scale projects of over £500,000. These made up 42% of the total projects kicking off.

7. Measurement and management

Over 60% of energy efficiency customers are now reporting the inclusion of good practice performance analysis and verification, to help demonstrate the savings returns attributable to their investments.

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Energys Group’s Next Generation Lighting and Heating Controls Deliver Dramatic Energy Savings to Biggleswade Academy

An annual energy saving of around £20,000 is expected as a result of the extensive installation at the L.I.F.E. Academies Trust-operated school.

Located in Central Bedfordshire, Biggleswade Academy accommodates children aged from 2 to 13 and is part of the L.I.F.E. Academies Trust. The technical team at the Academy, led by facilities manager Chris Mooney, maintains a watchful eye on its technical infrastructure to ensure that it remains both contemporary and fit for purpose. And it was with these priorities in mind that the school recently resolved to undertake an extensive overhaul of its lighting and heating control technologies.

The problems facing the team across all three of the Academy’s sites – the Reception and Key Stage One, Key Stage Two and Three and pre-schools – were not exactly unfamiliar in the education sector. First and foremost, the existing and rather aged fluorescent-based lighting systems had been performing poorly for some time and were therefore subject to frequent failures. Inevitably, this had cost implications both in terms of replacements and the associated labour. But the usage of heating systems was also of growing concern, with some components performing inadequately and a lack of consistency to the control infrastructure.

“We were aware that moving across to newer technologies, especially LED lighting, could help bring about not only a sustained improvement in quality terms, but also a significant reduction in our energy costs,” recalls Chris. “In tandem with a review of our energy supply arrangements, it was apparent that the upgrade work could also play a notable part in minimising the Academy’s overall carbon footprint.”

The facilities team investigated various options during the search for a project supplier, ultimately inviting Energys Group and three other companies to undertake energy savings and submit quotations. The decision was made in favour of Energys Group for reasons of technical expertise, cost-efficiency and knowledge of the Salix funding scheme that was to be used to finance the project.

“We really liked the whole Energys Group package,” confirms Chris. As well as having the products to suit a multi-faceted scheme, the Academy was “impressed with their knowledge and flexibility and their willingness to monitor the Salix funding so that we didn’t have to. We also liked the fact that they were not what might be termed ‘pressure sellers’!”

Out of hours installation

With the project due to take place during term time, Energys Group offered to undertake all the work out of school hours, specifically from 1600-0400. Hence the impact on daily activities was “minimal throughout the two-month period of installation,” says Chris, who highlights the reassurance provided by meetings “every few days” with the Energys Group project manager.

The overhauled infrastructure incorporates a variety of Energys Group products, including LED high bay panels, sensor-linked LED wall lights, IP67-rated TriProof LED lights, down lights, flood lights and self-test emergency lights. Previously lights had generally been activated when the cleaners started work at 5am and remained on all day, so the installation of PIR sensors was an integral element of the scheme in order to reduce the amount of time lighting is left on unnecessarily. Meanwhile, boiler optimisers – also from Energys Group – have been fitted to improve the efficiency of the boilers without affecting building temperature.

Predicted savings of 85 tonnes of CO2

Now that the new systems are fully installed and up-and-running, they are expected to deliver a collective annual energy saving in the region of 20%. With specific regard to the lighting systems a reduction in energy expenditure of £14,941 has been forecast, with a return on investment of 4.78 years well within expectations. The savings from the new boiler controls also make for compelling reading, with costs here expected to fall by £5,095 per year. Across both lighting and heating, the annual CO2 reduction is predicted to be an impressive 85 tonnes.

With solar panels set to be installed over the summer, these forecasts will doubtless improve further in the months ahead. For now, Chris confirms that the Academy has been “delighted by the collaboration with Energys Group and the impact that the new systems have made on our overall technological efficiency. In fact the majority of those who have remarked upon the lighting upgrade have simply exclaimed ‘wow, this is so much better!”.