The works are being financed through the Welsh Governments Wales Funding Programme managed by Salix, which provides finance at 0% interest on projects with a maximum 8-year payback and capital expenditure of £200 per lifetime tonne of CO2saved. The project funding has also had to account for VAT on all works as the University are unable to claim this back. Despite this the Phase 1 works where delivered comfortably within the required metrics.
This has been achieved through the installation of 18 different energy reduction and zero carbon generation measuresacross the buildings includes submitting a planning application for a 50kWp solar pv array on the prestigious grade 1 listed Main Arts building which was designed by Henry Hare and was formally opened by King George V in 1911. Significant levels of consultation has been key to the success of this first phase which, has seen the Asset+ team presenting proposals in both English and Welsh to the different departments and faculties with question and answer sessions and subsequent follow up meetings to ensure the University staff were fully on board with the works. Deployment of this programme across the 1st phase of buildings and the planned subsequent phases is making a substantial contribution to hitting Bangor Universities Carbon reduction commitments.
Phase 2 works are now underway which cover a further 16 buildings along with street and external lighting across the campus. These constructive steps underline Bangor Universities ranking in the top 2% of the worlds greenest universities. This programme will reduce energy consumption and save carbon emissions whilst delivering cost savings that can be reinvested in front-line educational services.