Staff Charging, Crawley
In partnership with solar experts Eden Sustainable, econetiQ has implemented four electric vehicle chargers for staff at a school in Crawley.
At a Glance…
4 x 11kW Maxichargers
Located in Crawley, Hazelwick School is an academy-status co-educational comprehensive school for pupils aged 11 to 18. The school is highly regarded both academically and socially; proud to support confident, articulate, high-achieving young adults.
In early 2023, Hazelwick School agreed on terms for the installation of solar and electric vehicle charging on their premises, with installations being finalised in the summer months. Four 22kW Maxichargers have been installed, each powered to 11kW. The units are accessed via an RFID card, providing a quick and easy experience for staff to charge their car during the day. The size of the solar panel system is 225 kWp spread over 3 sites in the school, generating a total of 185,500 kWh per year. This makes a saving of over 1000 tonnes of CO2 over the term period of 25 years.
The UK government has introduced legislation that will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030. If uptake aligns with the Road to Zero (RTZ) targets, we can expect to see between 8 and 11 million electric or hybrid cars on UK roads by 2030, and up to 25.5 million by 2040.
Hazelwick School is at the forefront of the curve, future-proofing its site, whilst opening the door to increased accessibility for electric cars in the education industry. By embracing both solar and electric vehicle infrastructure together, the school has made significant strides toward net zero, providing a positive example to the young adults at the school.
This installation is fully funded, with the arrangement of a Power Purchase Agreement. This means that Hazelwick School does not pay a penny upfront, achieves greater certainty over its energy overheads, and can make savings from day one. With overheads reduced, excess resources are free to be further allocated to students’ needs and school developments.
Hazelwick School have been extremely accommodating and supportive of the project, and there has been a buzz of excitement surrounding the ‘Go Live’ date of the chargers. The collaboration between econetiQ and Eden Sustainable in bringing this hybrid project to life has been a dream partnership, marking the initiation of many future endeavours.
Innovation thrives when minds unite. Our collaboration with Hazelwick School and Eden Sustainable signifies a strong dedication to forging cleaner pathways for schools and communities everywhere.
The Hazelwick School project is a great example of a collaboration enabling step changes in decarbonising a school’s on-site energy demand, and its transport infrastructure. Huge thanks to Andrew Meggs, Hazelwick FD, for driving the project on the school side, to Eden’s teams for developing and funding the solar and EV via its Power Purchase Agreement solution, and to econetiQ for delivering the bespoke EV charging infrastructure. And now the work begins to help ensure the school community and other schools become part of the movement for positive change as we strive for net zero.
Another project closer to net zero
As part of the 100 Billion Trees Project, econetiQ plants 250 trees for each charger installed, therefore 1000 trees have been planted for this site! Eden Sustainable won the ‘Contractor of the Year’ at the prestigious Education Estates Awards in 2022, making strong strides in the industry. Supporting Lets Go Zero 2030, econetiQ and Eden Sustainable are committed to helping schools reach Net Zero by 2030.
We at econetiQ are growing the infrastructure of electric vehicle chargers. If you would like to discuss a project with us, then we would love to hear from you.