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Menter Môn is a third sector company, established in 1995 to deliver EU rural development programmes. Its primary aim is to facilitate rural economic regeneration on Anglesey (Ynys Môn).
In 2016/17 Action Renewables was engaged by Menter Môn to carry out ten energy audits and feasibility studies on a range of community buildings. The aims of the studies were to assess the current energy requirements and assess the potential for installation of renewable energy systems, with a view to reducing the community buildings’ reliance on fossil fuels. The buildings ranged from several town halls, to a leisure centre, an arts centre and a school.
Through site visits and interviews with various staff, volunteers and community representatives, we established the current energy usage, occupancy patterns, energy policies and practices and assessment of current equipment. For each building we looked the current heating systems – age, performance, fuel types, in addition to hot water preparation, ventilation and air conditioning, electrical appliances and lighting. As with any of our energy audit reports, our team identified the low/no cost areas for immediate improvement in addition to areas of good practice.
Detailed feasibility studies were then completed for each property on the installation, management, benefits and costs of a range of community renewable energy projects, including; solar PV, solar thermal and biomass heating systems.
For biomass feasibility studies, study tasks included:
For solar PV feasibility, studies included:
Our team presented findings in report format, ranked both on financial investment and reward, but also on the levels of carbon reduction. In this project some of the buildings were listed therefore it was particularly important to provide information on any planning or regulatory issues, and how these could be negotiated. Our reports provided the client with economic and environmental business cases to enable informed decisions on whether renewable energy projects would be feasible.
Action Renewables has extensive experience in renewable energy feasibility, having completed over 200 feasibility studies for various technologies including wind turbines, solar PV, biomass, solar thermal, hydroelectric and CHP.
We also have extensive experience of working with community groups and have been a partner in 13 EU funded projects including three of which Action Renewables was the lead partner. These projects have seen Action Renewables work alongside a wide range of organisations including education establishments, community groups, local government and non-governmental organisations from multiple countries.
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