Microgeneration – Small Scale Renewables and Low Carbon Technologies

In 2007 Bell Ingram Renewables was the first service of its kind – now much-emulated by competitors – for landowners, land managers, property developers, businesses, architects, banks and other funders.

With the suppliers of renewable heating and generation systems becoming ever more competitive, the long-term perspective of our experienced consultants is invaluable to the success of your project.

Our service offers:

•Independent and un-biased advice on all small-scale renewable energy projects ensuring optimum payback on hydro, wind, heat pump, biomass heating, solar thermal and photovoltaic (PV), energy storage, community heating and combined heat & power (CHP).
•Specialist advice on all aspects of building-scale sustainable energy systems, including heating, powering, lighting, ventilation, insulation, heat recovery, passive solar, glazing, battery systems, electric vehicle charging and sustainable materials.
•Specialist advice on improving the efficiency, effectiveness and safety of existing installations such as solar PV, biomass, hydro and wind generation systems, installed when technology, experience and safety standards were at lower levels.
•Advice and support for applications for financial support, such as loans and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), and project support for all installation works. We also act as monitors for funders of larger projects to ensure installations are true to the proposals.

The urge to cut energy costs and carbon emissions, the steady ratcheting up of energy-efficiency requirements on let properties and the availability of financial incentives have all led to growing interest in building-integrated and small-scale renewable energy systems.

The prospect of global political instability and rising costs related to the assimilation of more intermittent renewable energy sources onto the national power grid and to adaptation to more extreme weather patterns is causing growing numbers of national Governments and UK local authorities to declare a Climate Emergency and to apply progressive emissions targets and incentives to encourage greater energy-efficiency and the use of alternatives to fossil fuels.

Rising building standards, climate change-related legislation and the increasing profile of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for buildings all affect property values as buyers and tenants are increasingly attracted to buildings with low energy costs.

These factors mean that investment in energy-efficiency measures and renewable energy systems, such as insulation, heat pumps and solar panels can be attractive. With the supply chains for these products maturing, their costs are gradually falling.

Government-funded bodies such as the Energy Saving Trust provide ‘high level’ advice on microgeneration, etc and suppliers are keen to offer ‘free consultancy’. This can be helpful but in order to find and follow through the best solution for you with the minimum of hassle you need independent, detailed, site-specific advice.

Bell Ingram can create bespoke energy strategies for clients of all sizes.

We can help you introduce:

•High efficiency boilers and improved control systems
• Heat pumps (ground-, air- or water-source)
• Biomass (wood chips, pellets, logs, grain, straw)
•Solar (thermal or photovoltaic (PV))
•Micro hydro
•Small/medium-scale wind
•Battery storage
•Insulation and draft-proofing
•Heat recovery ventilation and low energy lighting
•Electric vehicles and charging systems

The relative suitability of these systems is very site-sensitive, so we look at each situation carefully to determine the best strategy then help you implement it in the most cost-effective fashion.

There is a conflict of interest which leads to suppliers tending, without the involvement of independent consultants, to cut corners on installations to save time and costs. For a system to be ideally specified, to last, to be user-friendly and reliable and to achieve its full potential, the long-term perspective of our consultants is indispensable.

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