Lots of new community energy projects in development
May 2021 Newsletter
Firle Heat Network - Work to begin on Phase One
Work is soon to begin on Phase One of BHESCo's low-carbon heat network in Firle Village. Before any renewable heating technologies can be installed, it is first essential to ensure that all properties being transitioned from oil boilers are as energy efficient as possible.
Clean, affordable heat means improving the properties' ability to retain heat through measures such as loft and wall insulation and draught exclusion. These improvements will be made at no upfront cost for residents through BHESCo's soon to be launched 2021 share offer.
PROJECT: East Brighton Golf Club
BHESCo are supporting East Brighton Golf Club to achieve their ambition of optimising their heat and power demand with efficiency and renewables. We are exploring the benefits of solar PV and battery storage on the maintenance and golf buggy sheds, solar PV for the clubhouse and even a possible ground mounted array. Furthermore, we are looking into a hybrid solar PV and thermal solution to provide heating and hot water for their club shop and changing rooms. The project is revolutionary, promising reward for the club and the environment.
UPDATE: Moixa GridShare campaign in Worthing
Our campaign to help Moixa Technology Ltd develop a GridShare network in Worthing has been covered widely in the local press, including the Worthing Herald and the Littlehampton Gazette. BHESCo have also created a short promotional video to support the campaign, narrated by our CEO, Kayla Ente. Please watch and share to support the campaign to gather the data we need to create the pathway to an affordable, cleaner, local energy network on the South Coast.
PROJECT: Grasshoppers Tennis Club
Following a recent energy audit by BHESCo, we are developing a new low-carbon heating project with Grasshoppers Tennis Club, based in Hove. The clubhouse is powered exclusively by electricity which is proving to be very expensive. To reduce the high cost and corresponding carbon emissions, BHESCo is proposing to install an air source heat pump, which will be funded through a combination of shareholder investment and grant funding.
Retrofit Co-ordinator/Assessor accreditation for BHESCo Energy Saving duo
Svenja Czubayko, one half of BHESCo's Energy Saving Service team, has become an accredited Retrofit Co-ordinator through the renowned national scheme Elmhurst Energy. Until recently, the role of Retrofit Assessor & Retrofit Coordinator was so new that no official accreditation existed. As retrofit is developing as an industry, we will be able to lodge retrofit projects on a national database, just like EPCs. Svenja joins BHESCo's Tim Beecher, our Retrofit Assessor, as one of very few, albeit vital for growth in the industry, with this accreditation in the UK.
In Other News...
Government announces Super Deduction Tax for new solar & EV charge points
In the recent Budget announcement from the Treasury, Rishi Sunak outlined plans for a ‘Super Deduction’ which will incentivise companies to upgrade certain infrastructure by reducing their tax bill. From April 2021, companies can claim up to 130% of their Capital Allowances back from the Government, for qualifying investments. The list includes both Solar PV as well as EV Charge Points. BHESCo has an important role in helping industry to optimise this tax incentive. To learn more, get in touch.
UK inflation more than doubles in April as energy prices increase
Following an increase to the energy price cap set by Ofgem on 1 April 2021, the average annual cost for home energy bills in the UK has risen by £96, a jump of 9%. This has been identified as a key reason why the UK inflation rate has doubled to 1.5% in April, demonstrating why it is so important for homeowners and businesses to introduce energy saving and energy generating technologies where beneficial to help safeguard against rising energy costs.
Why a change to the levies and taxes on energy bills can drive the transition to 100% renewables
Currently, 23% of the cost of electricity is made up of environmental and social obligation costs, with numerous decarbonisation programs funded through such levies. However, gas costs include less than 2% of environmental and social obligation costs. To accelerate the take up of electric heat pumps and EVs, the Government must reconsider this mismatch, whilst protecting those at risk of fuel poverty at the same time.
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