Schools in East Riding benefit from biomass boilers

A project to invest in new biomass boilers at number of East Riding schools, funded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, reached a milestone last month, with boilers at the first five schools installed.

Over the summer holidays the existing oil-fired equipment were removed by the council’s lead contractor Hall Renewables and the plant rooms at Swinemoor Primary School, Beverley, Hedon Primary School, Hutton Cranswick Primary School, Gilberdyke Primary School and Mount Pleasant School, in Market Weighton, remodelled to receive the new boilers and biomass storage equipment.

The new systems will provide both space heating and hot water more efficiently and are part of a £2.75 million project to modernise up to twenty schools over the next two years.

The council’s asset strategy service, in association with infrastructure and facilities, commissioned the work as part of the long term plan to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions whilst also saving money. Part of the cost of the work will be funded by the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments.

After visiting one of the new installations at Swinemoor Primary School, in Beverley, Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The installation of biomass boilers represents the next stage in the council’s continued development of low carbon technologies which, in association with energy reduction initiatives, will make a strong contribution towards reducing operating costs and increasing energy security.”

Leon Myers, head teacher of Swinemoor Primary School, said: “The school is very pleased to be one of the first in the East Riding to have its old oil-fired boiler replaced with a new, low carbon biomass boiler.

“The biomass boiler will help the school reduce its carbon footprint and running costs while also heating the school during the winter months ahead.”

Schools which will benefit from the programme are mainly rural and off the gas network were, in the past, oil was the only available heating source. However, by replacing these boilers with more efficient biomass units, CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to 80 per cent and running costs reduced.

Simon North, group operations director at Hall Construction Group Ltd, said: “We applaud the forward thinking and sustainable insight that the council has demonstrated by commissioning this project and are delighted that our expertise is being employed within our community.

“As well as providing a reliable and sustainable low-carbon solution, biomass also makes sound financial sense as the Government-backed Renewable Heat Incentive will not only fund such installations but will actually provide a healthy return on the investment for 20 years.

Planning for the second phase of the project is being considered, with the next six identified sites being reviewed so that detailed designs can be drawn up over the coming months.

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This article has been adapted from an article published in Triffield Times & Post.