This has to be the oldest technology utilized by man – basically taking bits of dried plant and setting fire to them. The technology has moved on considerably, and this can consist of burning logs in a woodburning room heater, or running your central heating from a log batch boiler or a wood pellet boiler. This approach is only recommended where a property is off mains gas, as gas is a relatively low carbon fossil fuel, and is relatively inexpensive (compared to oil and LPG). Examples of possible payback periods and costs are detailed in the case studies - click on the links at the bottom of this page to read them.
Domestic biomass central heating is currently subject to a small grant of £950 available through the Energy Saving Trust, and should be subject to future Renewable heat Incentive (RHI) payments from summer 2013.
Commercial properties can already benefit from RHI payments of up to 7.6p per kWh(heat) generated – call WREN for further information. RHI payments continue for 20 years. WREN, through LEAF funding, worked with ten commercial heat users in its area, and this collaboration showed the potential of saving some 55,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. Paybacks can be extremely quick, as short as 3 years, and revenue costs can be more than supported by RHI payments.
WREN is also working to quantify and volume and economics of the biomass potentially available within the WREN area from little managed forests and hedgerows. The intention is to provide a local supply chain of local biomass that will then become a predictable energy resource for participating individuals and businesses.
WREN Case Studies
Major award for WREN director
Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network’s Stephen Frankel picked up a top accolade at the 10th annual South West Green Energy Awards on Tuesday, 26th November.Read more...
Wadebridge Energy Futures - Our town, our energy, our choice. What was your view?
Wadebridge people have given a resounding thumbs up to their town recapturing the innovative spirit of earlier years.
WREN Community Fund give-away
Ten local groups have been awarded cash grants totalling £5,000 from the WREN Community Fund give-away.