Trafford Community Leisure Trust07/12/2015
Trafford charity demonstrates lack of budget is no barrier to going green
Trafford Community Leisure Trust has exploded the myth that organisations need to be cash rich to go green. The Trust has embarked on a comprehensive programme in recent years to reduce energy consumption and the amount of waste produced.
The charity is cutting carbon dioxide emissions at three leisure centres by using ENER-G combined heat and power (CHP) systems to generate its own low cost, energy efficient electricity and heat supplies. The Trust is gaining the green benefits without any upfront investment in the cogeneration technology. Under ENER-G’s Discount Energy Purchase scheme, the investment is repaid through the guaranteed cost savings achieved over the 10-year contract period.
ENER-G Operations Director Peter Law said:
“The Discount Energy Purchase concept is very simple and is perfect for risk-averse clients. We select and install a CHP system that converts primary fuel, such as natural gas, into electricity and heat/cooling. Because the system is highly efficient, we can charge less for electricity than energy supply companies, provide free heating and cooling and still recover adequate funds to pay the investment cost and ongoing maintenance of the system.
Our clients can use their capital to fund core projects and sit back and enjoy bottom line savings.”
Tony Hill, Maintenance Manager for Trafford Community Leisure Trust, said:
“This is a win-win energy saving solution in which we generate our own secure supply of low carbon electricity and heat, without any upfront investment. We can enjoy energy savings today - paid for via tomorrow’s savings. As a not-for-profit organisation, every penny counts and as well as reducing our energy costs, we are also able to comply with environmental legislation and raise our environmental performance.”
ENER-G has installed and commissioned three 70kW cogeneration systems at Altrincham, Sale and Stretford leisure centres. Collectively, the CHP units are achieving annual carbon dioxide savings of 359 tonnes. This is equivalent to the environmental benefit of removing 120 cars from the road each year, or to the carbon sequestered annually by 294 acres of forest.
The Stretford and Sale sites replaced old units originally put in on a capital basis in 1998. All three units are 70kW units on 10 year DEP contracts which started in June 2011.
CHP systems require regular, periodic maintenance and inspection. Every unit requires a service after a predetermined amount of running hours. Units typically require between 6 to 10 services a year dependent upon operation. The service procedures vary throughout the year from replacing and recalibrating components to oil and filter changes. CHP units use gas as a fuel and are therefore subject to the Gas Safe Regulations. To ensure maximum savings and compliance with regulation.
An integral part of our CHP units is the on-board computer. The computer’s function is to provide optimised safe and efficient operation of the CHP unit. The computer also provides a two-way communication channel between your CHP unit and the ENER-G service centre, allowing live system operational monitoring and full historic data retrieval.
In addition, in the event of system faults, ENER-G service centre can receive an SOS signal from the unit, run remote diagnosis, rectify problems and schedule an engineer if necessary.
Remote monitoring reduces operational downtime and maintains client savings whilst generating monthly performance reports and offering customers the opportunity to log on and monitor operation and savings.