RSPB – Renewable Energy Project

RSPB are finalists for the Provek sponsored APM Innovation in Projects Award.

The project you have entered

The RSPB has ongoing sustainability targets which have proved difficult to fund through our usual donative income model. For the Renewable Energy Project, we set up a new finance deal with Triodos Bank to help install renewable energy initiatives across our nature reserves.

The successful outcomes of the project

This project has:

  • installed over 700 solar panels at seven nature reserves
  • fitted a new biomass boiler
  • deployed energy efficient LED lighting across ten locations

It is expected that the solar panels will provide up to 80% of the sites’ annual energy requirements (approx. 10% of the energy the RSPB uses in total each year), saving a significant sum on its energy bill, as well as providing income from subsidies and selling energy back to the grid.

The innovative approaches used

This project marks a significant step for the RSPB as it is the first time the organisation has used debt finance to support funding our work. As acquiring external investment was innovative to RSPB, Trustees requested final approval.

Consequently, the development phase was extended, and additional project controls were implemented to give Trustees confidence in the quality of the delivery process.

Nikki Marks, Senior Project Manager

“The Innovation in Projects category stood out to us as an opportunity to share our pioneering approach to funding renewable energy. We are delighted to have been selected given the sheer calibre and scope of nominees this year. If we were to be successful, it would be a very proud moment for us, especially as representatives of the charity sector.”

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