A Co-Operative store in the Highlands has become the retailer’s first branch to switch to biomass heating – in a move which will cut the shop’s annual energy bill by nearly 50% and cut 90 tonnes of C02 emissions.
The Co-op opted for the biomass system as part of a £540,000 refit of their Kilmallie Road store in Caol, Ft. William, to reduce both carbon emissions and operating costs.
The system replaces ineffective electric heating with new fan coil heaters heated by a 130kW biomass boiler located in a purpose-built building. The boiler runs on wood chip supplied from waste wood products and local forestry.
Ongoing, fuel, service and maintenance will be supplied by local installer HW Energy in a comprehensive heat supply contract which guarantees fixed pricing backed by performance guarantees.
Martin Lowe, Regional Energy Manager, Co-operative Food, said: “It’s the first time we’ve installed a biomass system into one of our stores, and if this pilot works well then we will consider introducing them elsewhere.
“Not only is it environmentally-friendly, and cost-effective, but working with a Fort William-based supplier, HW Energy, means were also able to boost the local economy as well.”
A wholly owned Scottish company, HW Energy provides services throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK from its headquarters in Fort William and offices in Bellshill near Glasgow. HW Energy has a team of more than 40 people and has been specialising in biomass heating for over 11 years.
Projects range from the design, installation and commissioning of small district heating schemes to large hospitals with over 250 successful projects completed to date. The company services and maintains over 300 sites across Scotland.
Bruno Berardelli, Managing Director, HW Energy, said: “Switching to biomass allows retailers like Co-operative Food to save up to 40% on their heating costs and be environmentally sustainable.
“Through our heat supply service we are able to provide heat and hot water at a guaranteed cost – removing unforeseen energy price fluctuations.
“The system will also attract over £13,000 a year through from the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive meaning the capital cost will be recouped within five years. It’s the perfect example of keeping things local and sustainable.”