A Co-operative store in Fort William has been the retailer’s first to switch to biomass heating. The initiative will make an annual saving for the store of almost half its existing energy bill and 90 tonnes in carbon emissions.
Recognised for their commitment to ecologically sustainable and socially responsible good practice, the Co-op opted selected HWEnergy to install the biomass system as part of a £540,000 refit of their Kilmallie Road store in Caol in a bid to reduce carbon emissions and save on 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 local forestry. Ongoing, fuel, service and maintenance will be supplied by HWEnergy in a comprehensive heat supply contract which guarantees fixed pricing backed by performance guarantees.
Martin Lowe, Regional Energy Manager for The 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.
“As a community retailer this sort of system is ideal for us. 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.”
Bruno Berardelli, Managing Director at HW Energy, said: “Switching to biomass allows retailers like The 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 5 years. It’s the perfect example of keeping things local and sustainable.”