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There are many options available to help deliver the heat and electricity to meet your needs. However, you need to know a little bit about each technology and what these can offer you before you make a decision. Renewable technologies have come a long way in the last decade. There are so many options available today for the domestic and commercial generation market that the real challenge is trying to figure out which technology best meets your needs.

This section of our website is all about helping you do just that. We will guide you through the technologies harnessing renewable resources, including biomass, heat pumps and solar. We will explain how they work and answer some of the frequently asked questions we've received. But first, here are some general ways in which renewable energy solutions can benefit you:

Government incentives that earn you money

The government is aiming to have reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by at least 80% by 2050. Moving towards a more energy efficient economy will also help the UK become less reliant on imported fossil fuels and less exposed to high energy prices in the future.  In order to achieve this target, they have introduced several renewable energy incentive schemes including the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and FIT (Feed-in-Tariff), offering businesses, farmers and homeowners savings and earnings on their energy bills. There couldn’t be a better time to invest in your very own eco-friendly energy generator!

Reduce your carbon footprint

Renewable energy produces little or no waste products such as carbon dioxide or other chemical pollutants, so has minimal impact on the environment.

Sustainability

Renewable energy solutions use ‘fuel’ from the natural environment, meaning that they a sustainable and so will never run out. An added bonus is that suppliers of fuels like wood chips and pellets are usually nearby local, and so by investing in a system such as a biomass boiler, you are supporting your local economy.

Minimal maintenance

Some people are sceptical about the amount of maintenance required for renewable energy solutions. In fact, most systems don’t need much more attention than a standard oil of gas boiler.

A wise investment

The payback time for some of our solutions is considerably less than many people think; for example, you could have paid for a solar PV system in as little as 7 years!

Biomass

Product Suitability Considerations

Wood Pellet Boilers

  • Ideal for people who want a totally gautomated system – this system requires no more attention than a standard oil boiler
  • Compact system
  • Pellet delivery can be blown into store from up to 20 metres away, so access for delivery of pellets isn’t a major issue
  • Requires very little maintenance
  • Suitable for old buildings (for example, buildings with little or no insulation)
  • Biomass boilers replace the need for fossil fuels; no additional heat source is required
  • You need to make sure you have enough space for the boiler and fuel storage space -it can take approximately three times more space than conventional oil boiler. Speak to one of our Solutions Advisors to find out how much space you would require for your property
  • Pellets are a processed fuel and must be bought in from a supplier

Wood Chip Boilers

  • Ideal for those who want an automated system and have access to their own timber supply (for example, those who want to make their own wood chips from their own wood source)
  • Biomass boilers replace the need for fossil fuels; no additional heat source is required
  • You need to have space for the fuel store – low density fuel needs a large fuel store
  • Logistics of chip delivery – you cannot have a blown delivery of chips. Must directly chip into the store, or dump then load with a truck

Log Boilers

  • Ideal for those with space to store logs and have access to timber
  • The boiler only needs to be filled up to once a day, depending on demand
  • The boilers can be positioned either indoors or outdoors
  • Logs are the cheapest form of fuel for a heating system
  • You need to have space to store fire wood required for the whole heating season. The amount of wood required depends on your requirements. Contact one of our Solutions Advisors for more information on how much space you would need for your system
  • This is the most hands-on fuel and needs frequent loading.
  • Fuel needs to have a low moisture content

Pellet Stores

  • Ideal for those with space to store the pellets – the amount of space required varies according to the system
  • The store can be filled without the customer being there, so there is no need to worry about being at your property to receive the pellet delivery
  • The size of the pellet store needs to be carefully considered from the outset – it should be able to hold at least the minimum delivery quantity of local suppliers (typically 3 tonnes) without needing to be completely empty first. Our Solutions Advisors can offer you guidance with this

 

Heat Pumps

Product Suitability Considerations

Ground Source Heat Pumps

  • Compact and efficient
  • Suitable for people with and without space – you can opt for either a ground loop system or borehole (best option for those with minimal space)
  • Cost savings are greatest if you currently use electricity. If you are on mains gas, a heat pump may cost you more to run, but should reduce your carbon emissions
  • Ground Source Heat pumps are most ideal for new-builds and well insulated properties
  • This option works best with under floor heating
  • GSHPs are most efficient if there is space for ground loops or bore holes
  • The building must be insulated according to current building standards
  • You need land roughly twice the size of the property for laying ground loops. If not, bore holes offer are an alternative option
  • GSHPs require an electricity source
  • If you live in a listed building or a conservation area you should contact your council to check local requirements
Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Compact and efficient
  • This type of system works best with under floor heating
  • Low maintenance
  • Ideal for new-builds and well insulated properties, as well as for those with limited space
  • ASHPs are able to provide hot water and heating of your property
  • ASHPs are not suitable to heat existing radiators; new radiators would need to be installed
  • Require an electricity source
High Temperature Heat Pumps
  • Suitable for systems which use conventional radiators.
  • This system can produce higher water temperatures, ensuring radiators reach required temperatures
  • Our Solutions Advisors can advise you on whether this could be a viable option for your cicumstances

 

Solar

Product Suitability Considerations

Solar PV (Electric)

  • Solar PV helps to generate electricity for your property
  • Suitable for buildings and land that face between south-west and south-east and do not fall into shade
  • Suitable for all properties, whether new-builds or older buildings
  • This system supplements electricity usage, offering savings on electricity bills and generating income for 20 years through the Feed-In Tariff (FIT)
  • Orientation and location – your property must be face between south-west and south-east for this to type of system to be a suitable solution for you
  • Are you looking at a listed building or in a conservation area? If so, solar panels may not be permitted
  • Planning permission may required if panels rise above the ridgeline of houses and for free standing arrays. Our Solutions Advisors can offer you advice on this
Solar Thermal (Hot Water)
  • Solar Thermal helps to produce hot water for your property
  • Suitable for buildings with 2-4m squared of unshaded, south-facing roof
  • This system supplements hot water production and will produce up to 70% of your hot water during the year
  • Low maintenance
  • This system will save you  money on bills through the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT)
  • You will need to have space for a large water storage cylinder; you may require a new hot water cylinder as part of the installation
  • You may require planning permission for the installation of this system. Our Solutions Advisors will be able to offer you help with this. Alternatively, you can contact your local planning authority
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