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Case Study

Plympton St Maurice School

  • LED lighting
  • Salix funding

The Client

Plympton St Maurice Primary School, Plymouth, caters for 4 to 11 year olds with baby care, child care and pre-school facilities on the school site. It is a small, friendly place, where the staff believe that each child is an individual and is treated with care and respect. They have a hardworking staff who are committed to providing good education in a safe and caring environment.

The Challenge

The school commissioned IU Energy to specify and install state-of-the-art, energy-efficient LED lighting. This was to be carried out during the Christmas shutdown for safety and to minimise disruption to school life. Additionally, we were asked to provide help with the school’s application for Salix finance. Salix Finance provides interest-free Government funding to the public sector to improve their energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and lower energy bills.

The Solution

1. Salix Finance
IU Energy facilitated the school’s application for Salix Finance, ensuring the project met the necessary funding criteria, which included calculating the predicted energy and CO2 equivalent savings; % Return on Investment (ROI) and payback period.

2. The Installation
IU Energy was happy to accommodate the school’s wishes to minimise disruption and scheduled the LED installation to take place over the Christmas holiday shut down.

3. Project Management
IU Energy project-managed the process to ensure work was completed to the agreed specification, within the allotted timeframe.

The Results

IU Energy managed the Salix finance application process on behalf of the school, which minimised staff time spent on administration, enabling them to concentrate on running the school.

Upgrading to LED lighting not only generated significant savings for the school (by reducing energy demand and minimising energy waste), but also improved lighting quality in the learning environment.

Additionally, the school has significantly enhanced its green credentials by taking the intelligent decision to upgrade to LED lighting. Becoming a greener school has set a great example to the children and parents in the school community.

“The lighting is exactly what we had hoped for and IU Energy’s support with the Salix funding application was invaluable. We are very pleased with the savings achieved as the extra money will go towards improving the school and investing in further measures to increase sustainability.

We enjoyed working with IU Energy and found them helpful, professional, efficient and willing to go the extra mile. We would definitely recommend IU Energy to other organisations looking for guidance on finance options and how to make energy savings and reduce their carbon footprint.”

Karen Allen

Business Manager

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