Project information

Plan Green Zero

To replace all light fittings with ultra low energy equivalents, to introduce organic insulation and install solar hot water panels. We want to make the Scottish Seabird Centre a world leader not only in environmental tourism but also in energy conservation.

January 2011 - March 2011

Charity information: Scottish Seabird Centre

Scottish Seabird Centre
  • Need

    Need

    The Scottish Seabird Centre was established in 2000 as a registered charity with the aims of education, conservation and the environment. World leader in environmental tourism and our array of solar-powered cameras beam live images of the wildlife on the Forth islands back to the Centre. Our education staff teaches curricular-compliant lessons to> 5,000 children annually. The improvements to the Centre will reduce our carbon footprint substantially

    Solution

    The lighting units will make a substantial difference to the electricity bill, with estimated savings of 38,000 KwH of electricity saved annually: a cost of £4,180. This is a simple project, requiring no specialised electrical skills. The solar water heating panels will employ tested viessman vitosol 200 panels x3 and a solar coil cylinder. Apart from saving gas (5,695KwH and 1,408 kg Co2 per annum), the panels will allow the boilers to operate at below full capacity.

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  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduce our carbon footprint

    Activities

    » Replacement of all existing lighting units with low energy equivalents
    » Use organic insulation to drive down heating costs
    » Install solar hot water panels to drive down heating costs

    Success will be evidenced by substantially lower utility bills


  • Impact

    Impact

    Decreasing our carbon footprint and demonstrating this to our 28,000 + annual visitors

    Risk

    Cashflow: by ensuring grant funding available and working with reputable suppliers, this should not be a problem

    Reporting

    The project will be videoed by a Social enterprise company and this will be available to donors, whose support will be reflected in the interpretive signage which will demonstrate the prohject's aims

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £33,032

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      Amount Heading Description
      £19,777 Solar Thermal Panels to save energy
      £7,672 Low energy lighting to save energy
      £3,333 Organic Insulation to save energy
      £2,250 Video to record the progress of the project

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Community Energy Scotland £20,000 Conditional
  • Background

    Location

    The Scottish Seabird Centre is a registered charity with the aims of education, conservation and the environment. We are a recognised leader in environmental tourism and our array of solar-powered cameras beam live images of the wildlife on the Forth islands back to the Centre. We are in North Berwick

    Beneficiaries

    By keeping the runing costs of the centre low, we will ensure it remains available as a community resource for the conceivable future

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As an environmental and conservattion chariuty, it behoves us to practise what we preach and make every effort to reduce our carbon footpringt and demonstrate how this is done.

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    People

    Charles Marshall

    Fundraising and Business development Manager

    Julie Merrilees

    Centre Manager

    Paul Nixon

    Discovery Centre Manager