Contractor Forrest has secured a contract with Birmingham City Council to provide energy generation and efficiency solutions across the Council’s portfolio of schools.

The contract is the first to come out of the four-year RE:FIT framework, which will deliver up to £1.5 billion of improvements to UK public sector organisations’ property estates, following Forrest’s appointment last year.

Forrest will deliver the Birmingham Schools Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP), developed specifically to help schools reduce their energy expenditure, lower carbon emissions and improve the operational performance of their buildings.

The project will involve technologies such as; solar PV, LED lighting, EWI, boiler replacements alongside other energy conservation measures.

Work has already begun on the first phase of the project, with full surveys currently being carried out on 14 schools initially, to determine the most suitable energy solutions.

Paul McCarren, energy services director at Forrest, said: “Reduced budgets and increasing costs are placing schools under pressure to reduce expenditure. As high-energy users, the best way to achieve this is to change the way energy is generated and used.

“By fully reviewing the schools’ energy requirements, we can deliver the correct upgrades that will have the biggest impact. We’re looking forward to seeing the resulting savings reinvested where they are needed most.”