The Rose in Vale had 3 existing boilers providing their heating and hot water needs. As part of their effort to save costs on fuel and become more ‘green’ they chose to install biomass boilers.
A new remote plant room was built to house the boilers and provide further staff accommodation. Wendron Biomass installed 2 x 70kw Solar Focus Pellet boilers and ran a heat main to the main hotel and staff accommodation to integrate with their current system. The 3 existing oil boilers have been kept to provide a backup should they ever be needed. The pellet boilers have an automatic feeder drawing pellets from a bespoke pellet store.
This installation is RHI approved and in addition to the RHI payments, the hotel has saved approximately 30-40% on fuel costs.
Residents at a West Cornwall care home are benefiting from improvements to their home, thanks to owners finding a more efficient way to heat the 33-bedroom building. By switching from oil to biomass, Courtlands Care Home is saving money on its heating bills, which means it can invest in new décor and facililities.
The care home, which is between Penzance and Helston, now has two biomass boilers, provided and installed by local firm Wendron Biomass. The management decided to move to a more environmentally-sustainable and cost-effective way of heating the home, by installing the pellet boilers, along with solar panels.
The home secured a five-year loan to fund the installation of the new boilers and, through the Governments’s Renewable Heat Incentive scheme (RHI), receives a fixed amount per kilo watt hour of energy produced over the next 20 years.
As well as providing and installing the two boilers, Wendron Biomass sourced a galvanized fuel storage system, which can hold 20-tonnes of pellets.
Dan Seale took over Courtlands in 2013 and has invested in modernising the home, which was built in the 1930s as a large country house. By avoiding steep and fluctuating oil prices, the management is now able to focus on making the home more attractive, comfortable and more suitable for residents with dementia.
Owner of Courtlands Care Home Dan Seale said: “We felt this was the right time to invest in biomass. The technology is now really good – our boilers look very slick and neat - and the Government incentives make it very attractive. Since taking over Courtlands Care Home, I have focused on long-term investment in the home and moving to biomass is part of that approach.
“We looked at other providers, but Wendron Biomass stood out for the quality of the installation and their ability to understand our needs and provide the right system. While they were installing the boilers, the team was able to find solutions to every challenge and has also given us an excellent after-service.”
Cornwall’s leading provider of biomass boilers, Wendron Biomass has experienced a growth in commercial clients following the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which offers financial incentives for investing in renewable heat technologies.
Wendron Biomass Sales Director Gary Hawkins said: “Biomass is now a very good option for companies that are reliant on oil to fuel their heating. Many of our clients, like Courtlands, are driven by wanting to be free from fluctuating oil prices, as well as being attracted to the benefits offered through the RHI. We have the passion and expertise to help them find the best system that will deliver long-lasting benefits.
“It is very rewarding to see Courtlands Care Home able to invest money, saved on its heating bills, in improvements that will benefit its residents.”
An award-winning 5 star B&B in North Cornwall is expanding after switching to biomass heating. Pendragon Country House, near Camelford, is developing a neighbouring 18th century vicarage into three self-catering cottages, which will all be heated by the hotel’s boimass boiler provided and installed by Cornish firm Wendron Biomass.
The hotel, which was ranked in the top three per cent of ‘green’ B&Bs in the UK by the Green Tourism Business Scheme, was previously reliant on LPG gas but is now heated entirely by biomass. The owners, Nigel and Sharon Reed, invested in the properties, which were previously owned by a neighbouring business, after experiencing significant savings following the installation last winter.
As well as saving on heating bills, the owners are also receiving payments through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Through this Government scheme, the business will receive a fixed amount per kilo watt hour of energy produced over the next 20 years.
The B&B owners have also seen how moving to biomass has benefited the 19th century building. With gas bills having risen to around £6,000 a year, the couple had previously stopped heating the house when there were no paying guests on site. Heating the building more regularly is protecting the property against damage that can be caused by damp and condensation.
Pendragon Country House Owner Nigel Reed said: “We consider the environment in every aspect of our operations. As a business in a beautiful location and as parents to two young children, we are commited to minimising our impact on the environment.
“When we looked into biomass, Wendron Biomass were the only company that looked properly at how we could integrate a biomass boiler into our existing system. We wanted to employ a local firm for our installation and we were really impressed by their expertise, as well as their competitive pricing.”
Wendron Biomass Sales Director Gary Hawkins managed the installation. He said: “We are seeing more South West tourism businesses moving over to biomass. The benefits are not only in the cost savings, but also in making a business more environmentally sustainable. We are proud that Pendragon is achieving such accolades and delighted that they will be heating the new self-catering cottages with their biomass boiler.”
"Having my own wood supply meant I could stop relying on other people making money from my fuel needs. Wendron explained everything to me, including how best to rotate my wood store. I'm so pleased with the installation."
Tom, St Austell
"Until I spoke to Wendron I wasn’t aware of the benefits a pellet boiler would make. Not only does the system deliver the heat, Wendron deliver the goods, I would happily recommend them every day."
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