Thoroughbred of a report produced for riding charity

Energy audit and feasibility study aid funding application

2 August 2011

CSE galloped to the aid of a Bristol charity recently to carry out an energy audit and feasibility study. The Avon Riding Centre had already carried out some research into renewable technologies, but were aware they also needed to take a bigger approach to first reducing their carbon hoofprint.

Based in the Henbury area of Bristol, the Avon Riding Centre provides riding tuition and therapy to adults and children with all kinds of disability, and is home to around 25 horses. The centre has a large, purpose-built facility – including stables and an arena – and staff knew to reduce their energy consumption they would need CSE to saddle up and help out.

So CSE’s James Mullen and James Watt both visited the site to see for themselves how the buildings were used, and carried out the audit and assessment under our new Community Support Programme.

James Watt said: “Our job was to produce a report which advised on where there was room for energy efficiency improvements at the centre, as well as on the feasibility of renewables. We were able to make a raft of suggestions, which included the use of solar PV, biomass – making use of the nearby woodland – and a ground-source heat pump. This report then forms part of a bigger and longer-term strategy that is being produced for the centre.”

The CSE report was recently used by the centre as the cornerstone of a successful application for £50,000-worth of funding to replace the roof, as well as also helping to fund the proposed solar PV installation.

To find out more about the project, visit the profile here.

CSE’s new Community Support Programme has been established to provide all types of communities, including schools, faith groups, charitable organisations etc, with sustainable energy training and advice.

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