net zero solutions clients NSW Education

Summary Of Results Across Eight Energy Performance Contracts For
NSW Department Of Education






11,138 MW


10,247 tonnes




7.3 Years



net zero solutions clients NSW Education

3E Group's 8 Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) projects for the NSW Department of Education

Case Study: 3E Group’s Energy Performance ContractingEnergy Savings Project – Department of Education & Communities NSW


The NSW Department of Education (DoE) rolled out a state-wide Energy Saving Program across the NSW public-school system to reduce energy costs and cut carbon emissions.

To mitigate performance and financial risks, NSW DoE engaged the private sector via the proven Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) mechanism to implement and guarantee energy savings. 3E Group (formerly Ecosave Australia & NZ) successfully won the last eight consecutive Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) issued by NSW DoE.

NSW DoE invested more than $17.3 million with 3E Group to deliver energy efficiency and embedded generation solutions across 62 of the state’s largest schools to date. Since 2015, 3E Group has designed, implemented, and conducted Measurement & Verification on Lighting upgrades and Solar PV installations across 40 public schools.

The following Government schools benefited from the Department of Education & Communities’ leadership and 3E Group’s quality energy savings solutions


  • Engineering-based solutions design and project management
  • Procurement of products, equipment and materials
  • Logistics and coordination of container deliveries, sub-contractors etc.
  • Design and supply of rooftop mounted Solar PV systems (over 2MW across 27 sites – average system size 70-80kW per site) with secondary protection;
  • LED Lighting upgrades (more than 53,000 luminaires across 62 schools)
  • Lighting controls
  • Asbestos removal (where required)
  • Obtained approvals for connection to grid on behalf of NSW DoE.
  • Commissioning
  • Measurement & Verification
  • Savings Guarantee
  • Documentation and Handover
  • Training
  • Warranty Management


3E Group’s innovative accelerated EPC delivery model helped the NSW DoE achive annual savings of $2.37 million. Apart from this, the project also yielded several Corporate Social Responsibility outcomes for the department.

Corporate Social Responsibility Outcomes

  • NSW Department of Education is seen as leading by example with environmental sustainability and energy conservation.
  • Generates awareness among school students, staff and local community regarding sustainability and energy conservation.
  • Future proofing of school buildings
  • Improved lighting levels contribute towards better learning environments and outcomes
  • Reduced energy costs and maintenance costs helps minimise impact of rising energy prices
  • Embedded generation can act as a potential source of revenue generation per school

Below are some Reviews about 3E Group’s energy savings solutions


I would like to commend the work that 3E Group has recently completed in our school…the large job was handled professionally and the finished product is of the highest quality… There was minimal disruption to the school day and most of the work was completed in absence of staff and students…I would be happy to recommend Ecosave to any other school or business who may be contemplating changing lights to LED.

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Michelle Barrett – Molong Central School Principal

Lane Cove West Public School has been fortunate to have new LED lighting installed in all permanent classrooms, admin and outdoor areas of the school. The teachers and students have reported that the lighting is much brighter and less glary than the old Fluorescent light fittings which we had previously…Lane Cove West is looking forward to continuing its quest to be a sustainable, energy saving school 3E Group has assisted us on the road to achieving this goal.

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Judith Doherty M.Ed., B.Ed., JP – Principal – Lane Cove West Public School