Primary schools at Beith and Skelmorlie are now enjoying heat and hot water from renewable sources thanks to an initiative by North Ayrshire Council and HWEnergy that will see 12 sites switch to wood-fuelled biomass heating. The move will save the Council a huge £300,000 a year in fuel costs and reduce carbon emissions by 260 tonnes a year at Beith and Skelmorlie schools alone.
HWEnergy have a long track record of helping local authorities reduce their CO2 emissions and deliver cost savings through switching to wood fuel heating. As well as designing and installing the biomass installations We are supporting them under a 6 year Heat Supply contract which includes all fuel provision and routine checks, planned maintenance and emergency response required for the sites, and a 3 year parts and labour full system warranty. It is also backed by performance guarantees giving the North Ayrshire schools peace of mind.
Heat in all its forms currently accounts for nearly half of the UK’s carbon emissions and the Scottish Government has set targets for 11% of all energy to be provided from renewable sources by 2020.
Sandra Taylor of North Ayrshire Council said “We need to invest in the future by being sustainable in our energy consumption. By making the switch to biomass heat we are supporting the local economy, reducing our carbon emissions and saving money against previous heat sources. It is particularly heartening to see that Skelmorlie Primary School is no longer reliant on coal for its heat. ”
Bruno Berardelli, MD of HWEnergy said “We are delighted to be working with such a forward thinking organisation as North Ayrshire Council. If every Council takes the step to move away from fossil fuels then it will be entirely possible to achieve the vision of turning Scotland into a low-carbon economy and help to preserve our environment for the future and that of our children.”
The investment by the council will be paid back within 7.25 years.