CASE STUDY

Embedding Energy into the Curriculum

Stark’s hands on service helps Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council install 197 electricity AMRs and 171 gas AMRs in corporate and school buildings.

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council logo

Background

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council is based in the West Midlands. Keen to innovate, the council became one of the first in the UK to install Automated Meter Reading (AMR) devices on their schools’ gas and electricity supplies. This led to the ‘Schools Carbon Reduction Programme’, which has helped 100 schools reduce energy consumption over four years.

Challenge

The council’s aim in installing AMR was to provide school bursars, staff and pupils with insight into their school’s energy consumption. Beyond that, the council sought to embed energy awareness and management skills in the hearts and minds of primary school children. To meet these challenges, Solihull needed a turnkey provider of AMR data collection and an energy management platform, so went to tender in January 2010.

“Stark ID has become embedded in our daily energy management strategy for schools and corporate bodies.”

Sarah Evans, Energy Officer, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Solution

Stark’s AMR & energy data services

Stark’s ability to provide a comprehensive solution for AMR metering and energy reporting made their tender response stand out. After winning the tender, Stark installed 197 electricity AMRs and 171 gas AMRs in corporate and school buildings. The combination of Stark’s industry leading data collection services and online reporting platform, Stark ID, has empowered Solihull’s schools to identify and implement energy saving opportunities.

Embedding behavioural change in schools

The council’s ‘Schools Carbon Reduction Programme’ began in July 2015 with a presentation to 25 schools on the benefits of AMR and behavioural change. In September 2015, ‘out of hours’ workshops were held where students investigated what equipment had been left on overnight and took the action to switch off any that were non-essential. Workshops with the children were delivered by the council’s Energy Officer on how to interpret AMR data using Stark ID, allowing pupils to see the impact of their initiatives.

Results

Sharmans Cross Junior School

Sharmans Cross is a Junior School with approximately 350 pupils aged 7-11. Before 2014, the school’s energy bill was approximately £20,000 per year. In 2014 an Eco-Committee comprised of both staff and pupils was set up. By using Stark ID reports to target areas of wastage and encouraging their colleagues and friends through a ‘switch off’ campaign. The school achieved a 25% reduction in energy consumption and made a saving of £6,795 off its total energy bill.

Future

The success of the council’s gas and electric AMR project has led to them trialling Water AMR. Stark continues to provide a hands on service, producing new customised reports in collaboration with Sarah Evans, Energy Officer at Solihull Council.

Client testimonials

Kirstin McEvoySustainability & Corporate Social Values Manager

Just by measuring and viewing data on Stark you automatically see how to improve. Look at the data as often as possible. The more detail you look at, the better.

Kirstin McEvoySustainability & Corporate Social Values Manager

The more people involved on the ground, engaged and implementing energy best practices the better.

Ian RentonManaging Director of The Jockey Club West Region

With increasing energy costs, the focus on data and monitoring is more important than ever. We know this, so implementing KPIs around effective best practice, with sites recognised for their efforts, is a priority. We need Stark to achieve this.

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