A ‘green’ energy operations and maintenance deal has been signed between UK-based cogeneration specialist ENER-G and leisure group Next Generation, which incorporates David Lloyd Leisure.
ENER-G will install and maintain all Next Generation and David Lloyd’s CHP requirements over an initial five-year period. Contracts with individual leisure clubs are to be run on a discount energy purchase basis, where ENER-G provides the CHP system, installation, and maintenance for free and sells electricity generated at low cost. Typical savings compared to grid prices are more than 30%, with an average club cutting its annual energy bill by £15,000, equating to some £900,000 (US$1.8 million) annually for the group, a statement says.
This deal is part of a 20-year energy efficiency programme designed to reduce the leisure group’s long-term energy costs by £18 million ($36 million).
Currently, 36 ENER-G units are installed at David Lloyd centres, with two replacements in the pipeline, while 10 Next Generation clubs are fitted with ENER-G CHP technology. ENER-G will install CHP technology in at least two new build clubs over the next five years and initially retrofit CHP into a further 10.
Under the new contract, CHP will be installed across the majority of the group’s clubs – generating an expected total annual output of 73 GWhe and 115 GWhth.
Commenting on the contract, Martin Kinnaird, group project/facilities manager said: ‘At a time when environmental management issues are increasingly at the heart of commercial decision-making, this CHP agreement with ENER-G Combined Power harnesses substantial bottom line benefits with the need to reduce emissions.’
ENER-G Combined Power managing director Alan Barlow added: ‘The intention is to work together with the management team to make installation of CHP systems simpler and more cost-efficient, either during construction or soon afterwards. The cost of installing CHP systems will be picked up by ENER-G as part of the contract.’