THE owner of Netherwitton Estate has found a greener way to heat some of his properties.
John Trevelyan had been wanting to use timber from his own land to extract better value out of his existing resources for a few years, and the combination of rising oil prices and a new Government scheme has enabled him to achieve this aim.
Two biomass schemes have been completed, both involving installations of two 100kw Herz wood chip boilers.
The first saw them linked with a 3000-litre accumulator tank, which supplies the required energy to Netherwitton Hall and four cottages.
The second set of boilers have recently been put in place. They are heating a 6000-litre tank that is now supplying 10 properties and the Village Hall with heating and domestic hot water.
Experts from Cramlington-based firm The Wood Heating Company carried out both projects.
Mr Trevelyan said: “I first looked at biomass heating in 2005, but at that stage it did not stack up financially from what I could see. Now oil has gone from around 28p to 65p per litre that maths is very different.
“Also, the introduction of the RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) in late 2011 tipped the balance in favour of biomass – or in my case specifically wood chip. I have a large amount of forestry and so can be completely self-sufficient with regards to fuel supply.
“The benefits to the residents are reduced heating costs as well as reliability of supply as we have put in twin boilers, so if there is a breakdown on one they will still have heat, and the removal of oil boilers and oil tanks is good from a space and environmental viewpoint.
“We now have self-sustainability in fuel supply in the long-term and better prices for the estate’s timber due to not having to transport it miles to other end users.
“I am very pleased with the work done by The Wood Heating Company. The projects have both run on time and have stuck to the agreed budget.
“They are professional and communicate well and understand the client’s needs. The icing on the cake has been their after sales service, which in my case has been second to none.
“Having the managing director come out to sort a minor problem on a bank holiday, even after being told it can wait till normal hours, I think is pretty special customer service.”
The Government is expanding the RHI to cover additional technologies and it is introducing a domestic scheme for individual households over the next few months.
It is proposed that payments will be made to householders for each kWh of heat produced for the expected lifetime of the renewable technology and based on deemed heat usage.
The company, which has many years’ experience of installing biomass systems in Northumberland, says it has the capacity to take enquiries from initial estimate to commissioning entirely in-house.
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