High-quality and adult education services provider, the University and Professional Development Centre (UPDC) in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, has been looking to improve its sustainability.
To reduce its carbon footprint, UPDC (part of the Eastern Education Group) installed 500 kilowatts (kW) of rooftop solar panels – a significant step towards harnessing renewable energy.
With the building’s history as a warehouse and engineering facility, and rising energy prices, the estate’s team at UPDC sought to maximise the use of its solar panel-generated renewable energy. This was largely down to its substantial energy consumption, as UPDC is a year-round operational facility, and had seen a threefold increase in its energy bills.
UPDC sought a specialised battery energy storage supplier through a compliant procurement framework to better utilise its renewable energy and overall enhance sustainability efforts. The aim was to store excess solar energy for use during peak demand periods, thus reducing future energy bills and improving its sustainability output.