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Green boiler deal benefits council

An agreement between a district council country park has seen a new biomass boiler installed free of charge at the park’s visitor centre.

Sustainable Wood Energy installed the new biomass boiler to provide hot water and heating to East Dorset District Council’s Moors Valley Country Park visitor centre.

Under the arrangement, SWE has provided a 90Kw biomass boiler with a 1000 litre buffer tank, a woodchip feeding system and associated heating controls.

In addition, they have installed two new hot water vessels, including fixtures and fittings in the existing boiler room, all of which have been supplied free of charge.
 
This innovative deal was made possible by taking advantage of government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which offers financial support to commercial, industrial and public sector organisations to generate energy from renewable sources.

Moors Valley has also committed to buying biomass heat energy via SWE for a specified period.
 
Andrew Read of SWE said “The government’s Renewable Heat Incentive alone wouldn’t have enabled us offer this deal, but by combining this with an ongoing heat energy supply contract we have been able to provide the boiler at no capital cost to the Park.
 
“This type of arrangement removes the need for the customer to worry about buying appropriate fuel and gives them confidence that their heating needs will be met, whatever fluctuations there may be in the biomass fuel supply process.
 
“RHI finance has only been available for a few months and, as far as we know, this is the first agreement of its type in the country.”

“While every situation is different, we feel that our deal with Moors Valley could provide a blueprint for further such developments.”
 
Clare Gronow, Countryside Manager at Moors Valley said, “With public sector finances under such pressure, I’m delighted that SWE’s innovative approach has enabled us to reap the maximum benefit from installing a biomass boiler.”

“And in addition to the capital saving on the installation, we are looking at energy cost savings of up to 25 per cent and a reduction in our carbon footprint of around 90 per cent.”

A small proportion of the wood to be processed into biomass fuel will come from the forest that surrounds Moors Valley Country Park.