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01
NOV

Lets Get Energized says:
Ace Energy help Salway Ash Primary School in Bridport go green


Category: Community Energy, Heat Pumps, Solar Energy, Wind Power
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Passionate in its the efforts to green up community buildings across the south west, North Dorset based Ace Energy helped win over £70,000 in grant funding to install renewable energy at Salway Ash Primary School near Bridport in Dorset. The company went on to install solar PV, two air source heat pumps and a wind turbine all of which provide renewable heat and power to the new Eco Assembly Hall at the school. Salway Ash now have 32 kW of green energy being supplied to their primary school which is saving hugely on fuel bills and helping protect the environment now and for many years to come.

School Governor Melanie Kennedy commented:
“Ace Energy has helped us put together an innovative renewable energy scheme as part of the building project to create a spacious new environmentally conscious extension to our small village school. The company has provided us with advice, technical information, specifications and quotes for the systems together with clear instructions regarding all the grant funding available for these systems and invaluable guidance through this complicated process. If you are looking for clear and easily understandable advice, full detailed technical information, a prompt response and strong support together with comprehensive help on the grants system, I have no hesitation in recommending the service Ace Energy provides to anyone considering Renewable energy technologies.”

Community schemes like Salway Ash continue to attract large amounts of funding and will save enormously in energy bills – and of course help create a cleaner greener environment.

Contact Ace Energy if you would like to consider renewable energy for your community scheme or commercial building.

Excellent examples where funds can be gained include care homes, educational buildings, farms, charities – even businesses can apply for full funding on such schemes – so why not get in touch to see what can be done to benefit your project – you’ve nothing to lose but so very much to gain from renewable energy!



27
SEP

Lets Get Energized says:
Take a peek at Dorchester’s Eco-Homes


Category: Biomass Energy, Eco Homes DIY & Tourism, Energy Efficiency, Heat Pumps, Solar Energy, Sustainable Living
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Take a look at some of the homes that previously opened their doors to Dorset visitors as part of the Greendor Open EcoHomes Weekend in Dorchester…

 

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Above: The Old House at Home, Dorchester

This former public house dating from about 1750, Grade II Listed, has been retro-fitted with solar PV panels, internal insulation, and low energy technologies, bringing energy use down to under half an average household’s.

 

Above: Streetway Lane, Cheselbourne

A former police house, built in the 1950s complete with cells! The owners were the first in their village to fit solar thermal panels, and now have solar PVs and an Air Source Heat Pump as well. A pioneering rainwater harvesting system with UV filter provides drinking water.

 

Above: Watery Lane, Upwey

Built in 2007 to the owners’ design, this timber framed house has solar PV panels, a ground source heat pump and solar water heating. Local and recycled materials have been extensively used, and rainwater harvesting has been installed.

 

Above: Dorchester Road, Maiden Newton

This terraced house built pre 1840 close to River Frome, had the ground floor re-planned for flood resilience, including removable flood barriers. Renovated using lime mortar, clay paint and lime render.The home is heated by an air source heat pump, wood stove and solar hot water.

 

Above: Manor Road, Dorchester

This 1940s detached house has been adapted for sustainable living with solar hot water and PV panels, poly bead cavity wall insulation, grey water recycling. They keep poultry in their backyard too. They use no car, but electric bikes and bike trailers. Garden loads by electric miniature railway. Newly built solar conservatory helps to heat the house.

 

Above: Chalk Wall House, Dorchester

Completed in 2010, this eco-home was designed and project-managed by the owners’ son whilst he was an architectural student, and built by the family. North and west walls of rammed chalk dug on site help to keep a stable internal temperature. Wall and roof Insulation uses wood fibre and sheep’s wool, and lime render is used in the external finish. The house has a green roof and many other eco-features.

 

Above: St Helens Road, Dorchester

A late Victorian house in a Conservation Area. Planning limitations have ruled out some options, so the owners have fitted their solar thermal panel out of sight at the rear and their solar PV panels in the back garden. They are trialling DIY secondary double glazing as an alternative to new windows on the front of the house, grow food at Dorchester’s community farm, and are pioneering a wood recycling project.

For more information on other Open Eco-Homes Days in Dorset visit http://greendor.wordpress.com

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03
AUG

Lets Get Energized says:
Dorset Renewable Energy Installers NGPS Nominated in the National Renewable Awards 2012


Category: Dorset Energized News, Energy Events in Dorset, Heat Pumps, Renewable Energy
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National Renewable Awards 2012
Thursday 13th September

This years National Renewable Awards 2012 to be held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on the 13th September will be hosted by Gabby Logan with a top comedian, and we are very pleased to hear that Dorset Renewable Energy Installation Specialists NGPS (Nick Good Property Services) have been shortlisted in 2 categories – for Best Energy Efficiency Project and Best Residential Renewables Project for the Renscombe Estate.

Last years event was hosted by Julia Bradbury and Michael McIntryre at the same Venue in September 2011, and NGPS Ltd of Poole were the only Dorset company to get through the selection process and be invited to the glittering black tie event where they won Best Southern Installer. This year NGPS are again the only Dorset company to get shortlisted and invited to the finals evening.

There are now over 5000 Microgeneration Approved (MCS) contractors in the UK and these were responsible for more than 150,000 renewable installations in the last year. NGPS installed two Danfoss ground source heat pumps systems with 600m of collector coils, a 12kW ground mounted PV system and reduced 10kw of lighting load down to 800 watts with use of LED light fittings supplied by LED ZIP lighting of Bournemouth. This has resulted in a Purbeck Estate reducing its annual energy costs from £18,000 a year to only £1,600.

NGPS is a family run electrical and renewables installation business who have built their reputation on high quality installations, and their recognition at the awards proves that quality of installation is the way forward! Pictures of last year’s awards event are on the NGPS website at: http://www.ngps-ltd.co.uk.

25% Early Bird Discount on the Awards Night – confirm your interest by 5pm Friday 10th August!

• First-come, First-served Positioning
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• Host: Gabby Logan
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• Live Band & Disco
• Late Night Casino

For full details of the Awards and the full shortlist visit the website:
http://renewables-roadshow.co.uk/awards.

And of course we wish NGPS the very best of luck in this year’s awards…



24
APR

Lets Get Energized says:
Blandford Forum Parish Centre Incorporates Renewable Energy Systems


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The Blandford Forum Parochial Church was redesigned as a Community Centre to have a low environmental/carbon footprint. It incorporates renewable energy systems (ground source heat pump and solar collectors), environmentally friendly building materials and low energy/water consumption features. Intention is to showcase best practice to encourage others to incorporate these features into new build/refurbishments projects.

Nature of Project
The much loved, much used Victorian pre-fabricated Church Hall which served the community of Blandford for over 100 years became disused, dilapidated and beyond economic repair. The Hall Steering Group (HSG) gained planning permission to replace the existing structure with a new, purpose built, environmentally friendly facility which would be available 7 days a week throughout the year for the community to use. No such facility existed in Blandford.

The Blandford Forum Parochial Church Council (BFPCC) and HSG were very keen to ensure that the new building should have as low an environmental/carbon footprint as possible. The building was specifically designed to reduce its environmental impact in terms of its construction and operation and will demonstrate to the local and wider community what can be achieved in terms of sustainable construction.

The building is constructed using structured insulated panels, triple glazed widows and double glazed doors with low emissivity glass. This makes the building very thermally efficient thus making it ideal to heat with low grade heat from the ground which is heated by the sun. Space and water heating requirements are provided by a ground source heat pump and solar hot water collectors. The building also has energy efficient lighting, waterless urinals and no-touch, low water consumption taps and toilet flushing. The exterior timber cladding, windows and doors were sourced from FSC certified forests whilst environmentally friendly Bamboo and Altro were specified for the flooring. We also used local tradesman and specialists on the project, John Turnbull Architect, Jack Wiles Quantity Surveyor, RB Snook Building Contractors, Microgeneration – ground source heat pump, Rayotech Solar Shading, Build It Green – wall panels, Bullivents – beam and block floor, Fusion Electrics.

There were no known examples of green church/community halls in the local area. Our intention was to promote the project widely as a case study to encourage the further take up of best environmental practice by others involved in the construction and renovation of community buildings/church halls, churches, church maintained schools and other community and church associated buildings throughout the country. We also hope to encourage those using these buildings to take action to improve their environment and to consider incorporating these features into their own homes and businesses.

Approach
Members of the HSG researched what had been done elsewhere to make buildings more environmentally friendly/sustainable. A checklist was produced which the group worked through to see what could be incorporated into the new building within the constraints of the budget and with the site itself. For example, rainwater harvesting was ruled out because of extensive tree roots from listed trees; the shade from these trees also ruled out the use of photovoltaic panels.

Some of the “green technology” was unfamiliar to the group e.g. the ground source heat pump. However, they showed great faith and, despite a few technical glitches with commissioning, are pleased with the results. We think it is fair to say that by stipulating a list of “green requirements” for the building, all those involved with the building e.g. architect, quantity surveyor, builders, tradesmen have all gained from the experience of seeing them being successfully incorporated into this sort of building project.

Community Involvement
They consulted widely with the community and existing/potential user groups to ensure that the building was designed to meet their current and future needs. They received many expressions of interest from numerous children and youth groups, community groups such as The University of the Third Age, The Civic Society, Playgroups, and public bodies such the Environmental Agency and the Town and District Councils. Indeed Local businesses and community groups were particularly interested in holding their meetings and training events in such an environmentally friendly venue which would in turn help them to cut their own carbon footprint.

For more information visit www.bfpc.org.uk.

This story was provided by Sustainable Dorset, the website for DA21: www.sustainabledorset.org.uk/community-energy.



24
APR

Lets Get Energized says:
Leigh Park Community Centre Ground Source Heatpump to Power Underfloor Heating


Category: Heat Pumps
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Wimborne Minster Town Council, Dorset County Council, East Dorset District Council and Leigh Park Community Association helped Leigh Park Community Centre to install a Ground Source Heatpump to power their underfloor heating.

Nature of Project
To use Ground Source Heat Pump to heat Community Building to lower carbon emissions and reduce heating costs to community and public bodies.

Approach
The heat pump is a success and is working well. We applied for a grant from LCBP for 50% of the costs of the heat pump. The grant took a long time to apply for and came through 6 weeks after we had paid the contractor so funds had to be used from our reserves. A great deal of information had to be extracted for the grant and as the grant was fixed, the extra, unforeseen costs that were incurred during the installation process had to be born in full by the Council.

Community Involvement
The Community Building is shared between SureStart (60%) and Leigh Park Community Association(40%). Both Groups were consulted on the installation of the heat pump and supported its installation to reduce running costs to both groups and lower their carbon footprint.

For more information visit www.leighparkcommunitycentre.org.uk.

This story was provided by Sustainable Dorset, the website for DA21: www.sustainabledorset.org.uk/community-energy.



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