Bury based Biomass Energy Cooperative secures its first job

By Katie Anderson on May 22nd, 2012

Business is about to heat up for a newly formed renewable energy cooperative in Bury, who have secured their first job to install a biomass boiler at a Merseyside church and social club. 

The Biomass Energy Cooperative, with support from the The Co-operative Enterprise Hub, can supply and install the latest biomass heating systems to both domestic and commercial customers. Homeowners, schools, businesses and community groups will also be able to benefit from a free feasibility service if they are interested in switching to renewable biomass heating.

For the church and social club based in Ellesmere Port, Merseyside, over a 20 year period, it should not only see a return on its investment which will cover the cost of installation and fuel, but a surplus income of more than £130,000 should also be generated over the course of 20 years through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

The biomass installation, which will burn wood pellets and shavings that have been sourced locally, will help reduce their carbon emissions considerably, by in excess of 580 tonnes.

“Modern biomass boilers are simple in principle. They are fully automated, require very little maintenance and use wood pellets, wood chips or energy crops to provide heat and hot water,” explains operations director Chris O’Connor.

“We believe it is an exciting time for renewables… People are genuinely amazed at how much they can save and, with programmes like the Renewable Heat Incentive – similar to Feed-in Tariffs, a comparable scheme for electricity – it is expected that even more people will explore the installation of renewable heat equipment,” he added.

The Co-operative Enterprise Hub, which is a free support service for businesses, was set up in 2009 and is dedicated to helping sustainable cooperative enterprises grow and to actively encourage and support co-operatively owned renewable energy projects across the UK.


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