Preparatory school opts for sustainable energy solution

5 June 2015

An independent school is set to slash its energy bills and reduce carbon emissions following installation of biomass boilers.

The Croft Preparatory School in Stratford upon Avon has replaced a dozen old oil and LPG-powered boilers with a state-of-the-art sustainable heating system.

Renewable energy experts Regional Energy have installed three new biomass boilers which are expected to generate up to 700 kw of heat and hot water a year for eight buildings at the school over the next 20 years – and also reduce its annual CO2 emissions by 20,000 kilograms.

Biomass generates heat by burning organic materials from sustainable sources. The Croft’s biomass boiler will burn locally-sourced wood pellets.

The Croft School's director of project development Barney Thornton said: "Energy costs are a huge consideration for us and it is now reassuring to know that we'll be using local fuel, rather than having to buy oil or gas from big energy companies that respond to unpredictable world energy prices.”

Regional Energy business development director Gary Hague said: “The Croft School is obviously committed to green issues, with its pupils learning about the environment and sustainability in their curriculum.

“It’s great they now have a green heating system in place which will save them money, reduce their carbon footprint and provide a valuable education resource to teach pupils more about renewable energy.”

Regional Energy consulted with the school then dealt with removal of the school’s old boilers, installation of new boilers, and helped secure finance for the project.

The school has paid nothing up-front for the biomass system and will not have to cover its operation and maintenance costs either. Responsibility for the boilers is entirely taken care of by Regional Energy’s partner - Forest Fuels - through their fully-funded Biomass ESCO scheme which is supported by Government’s renewable heat incentive payments.

Gary said: “This allows the school to get on with teaching and leave management of its heating system to the specialists.”

Barney added: “As a forward-thinking school it is important for us to set a positive example to pupils about the benefits of using sustainable energy and it's great that we can do this without huge financial risk.

“I would recommend Regional Energy for any job. They operated very effectively within the restrictions of an educational environment and their work and the installation was of the highest quality.”

Regional Energy designs, installs and maintains biomass systems for schools, hotels, country estates, farms, leisure centres, private homes and rural businesses across the UK.

The company, based in Yorkshire, was set up in June 2013 by a team of directors with 15 years’ experience in renewables. It is housed within one of the country’s few carbon-negative commercial properties, the Old Corn Mill, near Sheffield. This building, through a combination of renewable energy technologies, produces more green energy than it consumes.

Notes to editor

Attached photograph shows pupils at The Croft Preparatory School with (l-r) Mayor of Stratford upon Avon Cllr Ian Fradgley, Gary Hague of Regional Energy, Barney Thornton of The Croft School and Howard Towns of Forest Fuels.

For further information about Regional Energy, please contact Gary Hague on 01226 693151 or 0781 2205588 or

Regional Energy is based at the Old Corn Mill, Bullhouse Mill, Lee Lane, Millhouse Green, Sheffield S36 9NN, 0844 967 0110. Visit

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