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Anesco expands its community energy portfolio

Delvin Lane for websiteNational energy efficiency solutions provider, Anesco, is working with community energy company Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC) on its latest scheme, which will substantially boost community renewable energy in the Bristol region.

The project will see a £5 million solar park brought into community ownership, as part of a larger £10.5 million project portfolio BEC is currently raising funds for.

This is the eighth community energy initiative that Anesco has been involved with and the company is one of the first owner/operators in the UK to be involved in the development of such schemes.

Commenting on the project, Delvin Lane, Anesco’s commercial director, said: “We’re delighted to be working with BEC. At Anesco we have a strong heritage that has been based on regeneration, supporting the local communities in which we operate and a commitment to helping tackle fuel poverty. Therefore, it was a natural step for us to become one of the first owner/operators in the UK to develop community-led renewables schemes.”

He continued: “We are currently working on a portfolio of eight community schemes that are at various stages of build and operation, with more in the pipeline – and that’s something we’re incredibly proud of.”

Chris Speller, director, Bristol Energy Cooperative, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Anesco on this project. Clean cheap energy is vital for us all as we move towards a more sustainable future.”

Community energy projects encourage members of the public to join together and invest in buying a renewable power source. This gives the local area a way to generate its own power, while benefiting from savings on energy costs and reducing carbon emissions. The funding model is seen as one potential solution to driving a sustainable supply.

Delvin added: “Projects of this nature have so much potential and fit strongly with our company aim of working closely with local communities on all levels. For example, through our Charitable Trust initiative we are supporting the creation of local jobs and helping educate the next generation on the energy efficiency industry. This runs alongside our commitment to always use locally based teams and suppliers for our developments, helping to generate employment across the UK.”

Anesco is the UK’s leading energy efficiency solutions provider. The company works with customers ranging from major corporations to small businesses and individuals, helping to drive carbon reduction. The renewable technologies deployed by Anesco are now generating over 1GW of green energy.

BEC is developing solar schemes across the Bristol region, including two ground-mount projects and a 500kW portfolio of rooftop installations on community buildings. More information about the share and bond offers is available by visiting: www.bristolenergy.coop

Carbon reporting: an opportunity for forward thinking CFOs

Edwin Hamilton Anesco CFO WEBFor CFOs in the world’s leading companies, energy efficiency is now top of their agenda – and for good reason, explains energy industry veteran Edwin Hamilton, Anesco CFO.

Two key pieces of legislation have recently been introduced in the UK that mean businesses, which meet certain criteria, are now required by law to report at set intervals on their environmental impact.

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), which is administered by the Environment Agency, applies to all UK businesses that employ at least 250 people, or have an annual turnover above £38.9m and an annual balance sheet total above £33.4m. It requires businesses to carry out assessments and identify cost-effective energy saving measures. The first deadline for reports being December 5th.

The second is an update to the Corporate Standard – coined as the Scope 2 Guidance. This is required reading for CFO’s that follow the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard. It has been introduced to standardise how corporations measure emissions from purchased or acquired electricity, steam, heat, and cooling. The new reporting system aims to give companies greater control over their carbon footprint through a more accurate and fair way to record and claim renewable energy as a reduction. In addition to the benefit that such measures will bring through a potential reduction in energy expenditure.

While for some these new obligations may appear at first glance as an unwelcome increase in administration, it is far from being simply a red tape exercise. In fact, it presents an opportunity for organisations to reduce overheads, streamline operations and produce valuable data for shareholders and refinancing bids. As you legally have to look at and report on your carbon emissions, half the process is already complete. The next step is to get on and implement changes.

The government has calculated that if businesses covered by ESOS reduce their energy use by just 0.7 per cent, they will save around £250m each year.

Leading the way on energy efficiency
CFOs operating in the most innovative and successful businesses are now play a leading and very active role in their organisation’s carbon reduction and energy efficiency ambitions. Their responsibility has moved away from being that of an accountant just pulling together figures. The City, shareholders, customers, employees and investors are increasingly demanding, and being influenced by, corporate sustainability and environmental results. These new reporting obligations present a further opportunity to demonstrate such data.

Marks & Spencer is a great example of a business fully embracing and benefiting from energy efficiency. It launched its ‘Plan A’ initiative in 2007 and having achieved its major aim of making the UK business carbon neutral, the retailer has now introduced Plan A 2020. Consisting of 100 new, revised and existing commitments, the ultimate goal remains to become the world’s most sustainable major retailer.

A recent progress report outlines the positive impact that the initiative has had on the company’s operations, its employees and for its shareholders – delivering a substantial £160m net benefit in 2014/15 and a total net benefit to date of £625m.

Benefits for business
Whatever your industry or size, energy efficiency should not be seen as something confined to large corporations. CFOs and FDs can help reduce consumption by making smarter energy decisions that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability – such as maximising the opportunities of carbon reporting, exploring renewable energy purchasing options and managing reductions in energy consumption through greater efficiency.

Taking such steps can help in managing fluctuating wholesale prices to ensure you get the best deal for your energy. It will also aid you in forecasting rising non-energy costs which now make up more than half of bills.

Even small improvements in energy efficiency could have a big impact on costs. Along with operational improvements, research also shows a majority of consumers prefer to shop with brands that demonstrate sustainability, meaning the brands that prioritise sustainability are likely to win more business.

So for organisations, it really is a win-win and time for CFOs to step up and take the renewables gauntlet.

Edwin Hamilton is CFO at Anesco

Renewables investors set to benefit from launch of AnescoMeter app

LPG_130419_Anesco_0074Anesco has strengthened its industry-leading renewable asset monitoring and maintenance service, AnescoMeter, with the launch of a new app designed to make accessing performance data even easier.

The enhancement comes as the company forecasts sustained growth will see the renewable assets being monitored by the service hit 1GW in 2016.

AnescoMeter was the first service of its kind to be launched in the UK. It offers complete protection for investments made in renewable energy installations, by ensuring they are performing at their optimum level. Its key aim is to enhance performance and maximise yield.

Almost 16,000 systems generating over 500MW of renewable energy are currently being monitored by the service, including residential, commercial and ground mount installations. As well as new developments, the company continues to be awarded large-scale maintenance contracts for existing assets, in both the UK and worldwide.

Anesco is one of the only renewable maintenance providers to offer a fully integrated system that is operated in-house and can perform a comprehensive range of services, including scheduled and active maintenance, and fault response. The real-time, fully automated AnescoMeter system monitors the output of renewable energy installations to ensure any discrepancies are quickly identified, preventing any potential loss in revenue.

Thanks to AnescoMeter, investors can receive real time updates and information when a fault is discovered and repaired. The new app will mean all maintenance updates and the latest performance reports will be available to view on a PC, tablet or mobile phone, with the app compatible with both Apple and Android systems.

“Our ambition is to lead the renewables monitoring, maintenance and performance management sector,” explains Adrian Pike, Anesco CEO. “In the last 12 months alone AnescoMeter has been awarded service contracts for significant renewable asset portfolios and is already delivering substantial value to their owners.

“We are now undertaking asset management services for approaching 100 organisations, both in and outside of the UK, helping to enhance their performance through our unique approach and understanding for how to optimise various types of technologies.”

Adrian added: “The launch of the AnescoMeter app means we can offer our customers even greater choice in how they access their data, with the added convenience of being able to do so on the move. Now investors will not only have peace of mind that their investments are being protected, but they will be able to login from a mobile device to see in real-time how they are performing.”

The AnescoMeter app will offer a range of reporting functions, including performance, carbon savings, income generated and any faults logged. The information will be displayed on an interactive dashboard, with customers able to review the performance of their assets as a whole, or on an individual basis.

The app will be commercially available to download from Apple, Windows and Android app stores from December.

Littlehampton residents praise Anesco for supporting the community

Brookbarn new road with residents WEBResidents living next to a new solar farm in Wick have praised its developer, Anesco, for working closely with the local community to make much needed improvements to the area.

Power is now on at the 3.6MW Brookbarn solar farm, which has been constructed on a former landfill site and will generate enough renewable energy to power 1,250 homes annually, while saving up to 1,800 tonnes of carbon per year.

The solar farm is accessed via Old Mead Road, an unadopted road that had fallen into disrepair and was littered with potholes. After speaking with local residents and hearing their concerns about the poor state of the road, Anesco offered to resurface it as part of the redevelopment.

The company has also provided funding of £12k to Littlehampton Town Council that has been put towards the upkeep and provision of new play equipment for Rosemead Open Space.

Jane, a local resident, commented: “The team from Anesco has done a very nice job of the road. We are all a bit quick to complain sometimes and not quick enough to give thanks and praise where it’s due. Anesco has been good on their word and I would like to say very many thanks. The company has behaved impeccably throughout and on top of all they have done for us in doing the road, they even fitted bat and owl boxes for the local wildlife.”

Resident Susan Ashby-Wyatt, added: “Anesco is a company that actually listens and cares about the residents and the local area where they are siting solar farms. The team listened to our concerns and has gone out of their way to accommodate our requests.”

Brookbarn solar farm will be in operation for 25 years and falls strongly in line with Government policy to regenerate brownfield sites. Anesco will be providing monitoring and maintenance for the site for the full length of the agreement. It has been constructed using specialist ballast that means the installation has not involved any drilling into the ground where gases from the landfill may be trapped.

Director of sales at Anesco, Lee Adams, who oversaw the development of the project, commented: “We’re absolutely delighted with the feedback we have received from local residents. We always strive to work closely with local communities throughout the planning and construction process, to listen to their comments and address any concerns. As a company we also use locally-based teams and suppliers to help generate employment in the areas in which we operate.”

He added: “We are always keen to find ways that we can give something extra back for the benefit of the wider community, such as through support for local facilities or by improving the environment for residents, like we have done with the Old Mead Road repairs.”

Anesco works with businesses, local authorities, housing associations and homeowners to reduce their carbon emissions. The company was named the UK’s fastest growing private company by Sunday Times Fast Track in 2013 and again in 2014. This year for the first time Anesco has also been ranked within the Sunday Times Top Track 250 league table, which ranks Britain’s mid-market growth private companies with the biggest sales.

Anesco helps make new play area a reality for Askern families

Anesco - Askern Lake Play ParkAskern families are now benefiting from a large new play area, thanks to the support of energy efficiency company Anesco.

Situated beside Askern Lake and event’s field, the playpark offers two different areas specially designed for toddlers and juniors. It has been created thanks to funding provided by Anesco, who recently completed work on a 4.97MW solar farm on the site of the former Askern colliery.

As part of the company’s commitment to supporting the communities in which it operates, Anesco contributed £8k towards the upgrade of the play area. The team has also worked closely with local residents and the town council throughout the planning and construction process to ensure it caused minimal disruption.

Councillor Francis Jackson, Mayor and Chairman of Askern Town Council, was delighted to conduct the official opening of the playpark. He was joined by members of the community, local dignitaries and representatives from Anesco.

Councillor Jackson commented: “Askern lake offers an environment of relaxation and leisure, but for many years it has been recognised that true family interaction was somewhat restricted, so we wanted to address this for the benefit of all.

“The funding opportunity provided by Anesco has enabled the development of the new playpark to become a reality. Since completion families have flocked to the playpark and it has been heard said on many occasions that it’s ‘just what we needed’.

“Now that it’s a reality it can be enjoyed by many for years to come. On behalf of the town I would like to take this opportunity to give a big thank you to all who have been involved, from the planning stage, through to consultation, the immense work in bringing together the submission bid and subsequent funding success, and finally to fruition. Without this team work we would not have this magnificent facility for families and visitors to Askern.”

The solar farm at Askern colliery is one of four former colliery sites in the UK that have been regenerated by Anesco through a partnership with the site’s owner, Harworth Estates. The installation at Askern, which comprises of 18,768 panels, will generate enough renewable energy to power 1,500 homes annually, which saving 2,000 tonnes of carbon per year.

Director of sales at Anesco, Lee Adams, who oversaw the development of the project, commented: “Supporting the local communities in which we operate is very important to us and we’re delighted that we’ve been able to contribute towards such a wonderful community facility as the playpark that will benefit so many local families.

“Throughout the development of the solar farm at Askern colliery we have had regular dialogue with both local residents and the council, and have shaped our plans based on their feedback and suggestions.”

He added: “Through our relationship with Harworth Estates we are not only regenerating disused land but are creating local jobs and helping to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions.”

Eddie Peat, director of Natural Resources at Harworth Estates, said “This project further demonstrates our expertise at transforming previously developed land to support low-carbon energy projects. We enjoy a close working relationship with Anesco and are delighted that we have four operational solar schemes with them in place, to support the UK’s energy mix.

“At Harworth Estates we are proud to work with partners such as Anesco, who actively engage with communities to provide facilities such as this playpark, which is a fantastic contribution to the local area.”

Anesco works with businesses, local authorities, housing associations and homeowners to reduce their carbon emissions. The company was named the UK’s fastest growing private company by Sunday Times Fast Track in 2013 and again in 2014. This year for the first time Anesco has also been ranked within the Sunday Times Top Track 250 league table, which ranks Britain’s mid-market growth private companies with the biggest sales.