Clean Energy Prospector - Zero carbon solution for Saxonville

a collage with a hand, sola panels and paper representing the Saxonvale project

We partnered with CEPRO to map out and evaluate delivery and operational models for an innovative grant-funded feasibility project. Our evaluation complemented their high tech take on this micro-grid based zero carbon energy solution.

CEPRO (Clean Energy Prospector) is an incredible renewable tech company that plans and constructs fully managed community microgrids. Operating in both the new build and retrofit housing market, their groundbreaking work supports the transition to Net Zero Carbon.

This is just one of several joint projects where we provided strategic advice on the delivery and operational aspects of communal energy infrastructure and service. Our brief was to complement CEPRO’s technical expertise by interpreting the broader impacts and potential of the project.

"As a small SME we were able to deliver a much higher standard of consultancy to the project than we could have acting alone.”

Adding value for everyone

Innovative projects like this require our unique multi-faceted approach. By considering the social, economic, legal and environmental parameters alongside the technical focus of the overarching project, we helped pull together a broader case for why such a novel technical and economic solution made sense.

We took a planet and human centric approach: mapping out and evaluating a variety of delivery and operational models. We identified and engaged with key stakeholders to help our client to reduce risk and add triple-bottom-line value to CEPRO’s disruptive proposal.

Overcoming complexity and controversy

Our extensive first-hand experience of the built environment and breadth of team expertise gave us the adaptability and resilience the project required.

Damon Rand, CEPRO’s Head of Product Design, says “Nick and Futureground have deep expertise at the intersection of Property and Energy. As a small SME we were able to deliver a much higher standard of consultancy to the project than we could have acting alone.”

Our whole-system approach helped on many levels. This was a complicated project that was part of a wider multifaceted proposal. Our work reassured risk-averse developers and set the foundations for successfully navigating the onerous Planning system. Crucially, we addressed the difficulties of securing funding for a novel solution where a purely technical approach can leave gaps.

“Engaging with local authorities, communities and property developers around energy and new-build housing is a complex area,” says Damon. “Creating win/win outcomes for all stakeholders needs deep sector experience and the ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and succinctly.”

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