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Energys Group is helping Ormiston & Brooke Weston Multi-Academy Trusts achieve annual energy savings of £190,000 across 12 Academies

 Energys Group won a competitive tender, worth over £1.7m, to manufacture, supply and install LED lighting to two Academy Trusts.

The Ormiston Academies Trust and Brooke Weston Trust are sponsors of primary and secondary academies. As educational trusts, their aims are for all young people to have access to the highest academic, social and practical skills required to achieve their full potential, whether going on to study at a leading university or entering the world of work.

With Brooke Weston and Ormiston Trusts spending over £2.7m a year on energy and needing to spend over £1 million on lighting replacement over the next five years, both Trusts urgently needed to put in place energy efficiency programmes which would achieve a number of priorities: reduce the trusts’ energy bills; address the challenge of lighting conditions; reduce the environmental impact in terms of CO2 emissions from the trusts’ estates and deliver a procurement model and benchmark data which would allow the project to be replicated by other Multi-Academy Trusts.

The academies all had old, inefficient lighting throughout their properties, mainly consisting of T8 fluorescent fittings without lighting controls, and also had poor emergency lighting provision; this needed to be upgraded as part of the scheme, to be fully compliant with BS5266.1.

The entire upgrade programme was funded by the Department for Education MAT (Multi-Academy Trust) Loans Pilot Project and was designed to maximise the benefits of new, energy-efficient lighting and ensure the Academies were fully compliant with emergency lighting regulations.