Case studies

Bills get the boot

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.

Solar Flowering

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.

Mevagissey St Peter's Church

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.

Manchester Housing Co-operative

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. 

Sterts Theatre, Liskeard

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.