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Spirit has installed many systems for schools and colleges. Initially involved in helping schools cut their electricity bills by installing solar PV, we have recently seen an upsurge in demand for renewable heating technologies, to take advantage of the Renewable Heat Incentive.
We carry out feasibility studies for heat pumps for individual buildings, as well as district heating systems for multi-site campuses.
In March 2012, Spirit commissioned a 18.13kWp solar PV system at Hayes Primary School in Paignton.
A system of this size on a south facing roof would be expected to generate 15,500 kWh per year. It would typically cost around £26,000.
Assuming an electricity cost of 12p per kWh, the benefits for a school using half the electricity generated on site and exporting the other half would be as follows:
(1) Feed-in Tariff: 15500 x 13.03p = £2,019.65
(2) Export Tariff: 50% x 15500 x 4.5p = £348.75
(3) Free Electricity: 50% x 15500 x 12p = £930.00
The savings and income add up to £3,298.40 per annum, giving a payback time of just under 8 years.
Sean Hindle, School Business Manager said:
“Spirit Solar were commissioned to install a 74 Panel Solar 18Kw PV system at Hayes School during the end of March 2012. The service we received from them was excellent. Due to time sensitive constraints the system had to be installed during term time whilst the school was occupied and operational, this was carried out with the minimum of disruption to normal operations. All work was carried out safely and to a high standard from the planning stage to the implementation and installation of the system, I can only give Spirit Solar the highest praise for their professionalism and helpfulness. The system is hassle free and unobtrusive and allows us to see how much energy we have produced, potential revenue and carbon omissions avoided. I would have no issue with recommending Spirit Solar for renewable energy requirements for any organisation and have found dealing with them easy and worry free.” Sean Hindle BSc (Hons). School Business Manager – Hayes School
Case Study: Alfred Salter Primary School
The savings and income add up to £2,553 per annum, giving a payback time of 9 years
Case Study: Southfield School, Swindon
In August 2011, Spirit commissioned a 9.8 kWp solar PV system at Southfield Junior School in Swindon.
The system is expected to generate 7,809 kWh per year, saving 4.435 tonnes of CO2 each year and giving savings / income of £1,300 per year.
A system of this size costs in the region of £23,000, giving a payback time of under 10 years, and a further 15 years to enjoy the benefits of the Feed-in Tariff and FREE electricity.
Nicola Anderton, Deputy Head Teacher said:
“We believe that schools need to lead the way on environmental issues. Southfield School is an eco-friendly school and this project is helping us toward our silver award. We were very impressed with how incredibly tidy and efficient the installation team was. The school is chuffed to bits with the installation.”
Case Study: Woodhouse College, Barnet