Biomass energy co operative secures first contract


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Business is hotting-up for a new Bury-based energy co-operative which has secured its first contract. The organisation will install a biomass boiler and viewing room at a church and social club in Ellesmere Port, Merseyside.

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Biomass energy co operative secures first contract

  1. 1. Biomass Energy Co-operative secures firstcontract SOLAMON ENERGY
  2. 2. The organisation, which is dedicated to renewableenergy, will install a biomass boiler at a church inEllesmere PortE
  3. 3. Business is hotting-up for a new Bury-based energy co-operativewhich has secured its first contract. The organisation will install abiomass boiler and viewing room at a church and social club inEllesmere Port, Merseyside.
  4. 4. Following a chance discussion at a football game, Grant Miller, ChrisOConnor and Ricky Davies registered as a co-operative, with supportfrom The Co-operative Enterprise Hub, and set about turning theirenergy for renewables into their day job.
  5. 5. Over a 20 year period it is predicted that the churchs investment in itsnew energy system – through funds provided by the governmentsRenewable Heat Incentive – will see a return that not only coversinstallation and fuel costs, but also generates a surplus income of over£130,000.
  6. 6. The biomass boiler will burn locally sourced wood shavings andpellets. It is estimated that this will reduce the churchs CO2 emissionsby more than 580 tonnes over 20 years. Ash produced will be given tohorticulturalists as a component for composts.
  7. 7. In addition to providing energy savings, the focus of theBiomass Energy Co-operative is to promote a transition to a lower carboneconomy while contributing to wider environmental improvements. Itoffers a free feasibility study service and supplies and installs the latestheating systems to commercial buildings, residential homes, schools,community buildings and large domestic properties across the north west.
  8. 8. Chris OConnor, operations director at the Biomass Energy Co-operative, said:"Modern biomass boilers are simple in principle. They are fully automated,require very little maintenance and use wood pellets, wood chips or energy cropsto provide heat and hot water.
  9. 9. "We believe it is an exciting time for renewables; they have the potential totransform the way that business thinks about its heating. People are genuinelyamazed at how much they can save and, with programmes like the RenewableHeat Incentive – similar to feed-in tariffs, a comparable scheme for electricity – it isexpected that even more people will explore the installation of renewable heatequipment."
  10. 10. The Co-operative Enterprise Hub has set aside £1m between 2012-14 toscale-up the number of community-owned renewable energy projects. It isa free business support service provided by The Co-operative Group – theUKs largest member-owned organisation.
  11. 11. Piloted in the north west in 2009, the service has now assisted more than750 member-owned businesses across the UK.
  12. 12. Michael Fairclough, head of community and co-operative investment atThe Co-operative, said: "The Co-operative is working to support andencourage co-operatively owned renewable energy projects – equippingmore people with the tools to control, generate and benefit fromrenewable energy.
  13. 13. "We believe this support will lead to a step-change in peoples thinking aboutenergy and, inspire others to take action - a catalyst for a clean energyrevolution across the UK."