Green Fuel

Isn't the fuel really dirty?

No! Fuels are kept dry and free from contamination. Good quality wood chip is dust free and completely un-rotted. Suppliers take great care to provide clean, un-contaminated fuel, as this affects the selling price.
Wood pellet is formed from the same clean sawdust that is used for pet bedding, no binders or glues are used to make them and they should be dust free. If any water should get into a pile of pellets they disintegrate very quickly which means that suppliers take great care to keep them dry.

Who fits it?

Often the company who supplies it will also fit the boiler. Failing that, you could try one of the companies on our directory, here.

Isn't this an old fashioned system? Inefficient and dirty?

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Wood fuel is the oldest form of heating. Modern wood boilers however are extremely efficient and clean. A typical pellet boiler could be expected to run at over 90% efficiency. Very small amounts of ash are produced which is non-hazardous (in fact the ash can be used as a low nitrogen fertiliser on the garden)

Will I have to spend lots of money?

This largely depends on the type of system. Wood boilers tend to be more expensive than other systems in terms of initial outlay, but tend to work out cheaper over the full lifetime of the system As a rule of thumb, the larger the system the cheaper it is in terms of ? per kW.

Are there any training/ introduction events so that I can speak to an expert?

There are a variety of demonstration events going on throughout the region. Have a look at out timetable here or contact us to find out more.
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Questions about Fuel

•           What sorts of fuel can I use? Is it all logs?
•           What is a wood pellet?
•           Is there some form of standard for the fuel?
•           What are energy crops?
•           What is Miscanthus?
•           What does "arboricultural" mean?
•           What are "arboricultural arisings?"

What sorts of fuel can I use? Is it all logs?

There are a variety of fuels available: Wood Chips, Wood pellets, Logs, Straw, Miscanthus and grain.

What They Say about new energy...

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  • New energy efficiency rating for homes highlights need for proper valuations of houses
  • Do you wish to harness an income from your land with solar panels?
    A call for commitment from the Government re: EU renewables target
    Government needs to do more to remind the public it has not killed the FIT
    The need for real data to prove renewable technology’s worth
    Feed-in-tariff is not dead!
    Pros & Cons of The Green Deal.
    The Green Deal is coming, but what does it mean?
    Time is running out for 50kwp solar systems at the top rate of feed in tariff


Quick Links

Events 2024

'Social enterprise and the environment' event June 25, 2024


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FREE Training - how will climate change affect your community? June 25, 2024
Greener Living Fund launch - first pictures June 25, 2024

Wood Energy
Greener Living Programme launched June 23, 2024
The third sector gave us the welfare state, can it give us the sustainable state? June 22, 2024
UK Climate Projections launched (significant!) June 18, 2024
Funding Central launched June 17, 2024
Third Sector Climate Change Declaration June 15, 2024
Real Help for Communities: Volunteers, Charities and Social Enterprises June 7, 2024
The sun is inexhaustible. It will never run out meaning free energy for you forever Film June 5, 2024.


Comparing UK Solar Panel Installers could
Save Up To 65%

Compare UK Solar Panel Installers And Save Up To 65% Save Money Cut your electricity bill by 70%. Earn Money Earn over £800 per year with the feed in tariff. Accredited Companies We only deal with certified installers. Quick and Easy It might be worth talking to a number of different companies. One we have found helpful and consistently delivering high results in the commercial industry is Enviko, but please be your own judge.


UK Solar PV Benefits & Savings

Solar PV Cost/Savings example

This example is based on a 50kwp system with 30 degree pitch in Swindon with no grid upgrades and straight forward access. (2010)

System size: 50 kW
System cost: £75,000 +VAT
Income from FiT: £225,822 (assuming 3% RPI increase on 15.2p/kWh tariff)
Energy Savings: £106,142 (assuming unit cost = 11p/kWh)
Export Tariff Income: £15,469 (assuming inflation of 5%)
Total Profit (exc. install cost): £272,433

Benefits of Solar PV systems

    • Lower electricity bills
    • Cut carbon emissions
    • Benefit from Feed-in-tariff for 25 years
    • Cut carbon emissions
    • Improve efficiency of building
    • Sell electricity back to the grid to earn the Export tariff

    Solar PV for Farmers

    Solar can help farmers reduce energy costs and generate income at the same time. A solar PV installation can substantially reduce energy costs, especially for farms running power-hungry equipment during daylight hours. Through the feed-in-tariff you can expect a return on investment of around 8% for a 25 year period, plus the savings on your electricity costs.

    As a Solar PV specialist and accredited installer since 2004, we can help expedite planning applications and complete fit outs on permitted developments quickly and efficiently.


Energy Saving 2024

Impact of Participating

The difficulty of engaging with people has meant that Bryony isn’t sure how accurately they’re sticking to their pledges. “I’m hoping that the new scheme where you can make your own pledges will improve things” she says. “It’s a good move for this audience where people are probably already doing some of the standard pledges”. Pic

Wood Burning Energy?

Converting wood into energy

The renewable energy industry in Wales is providing the potential for new Wood Energy Businesses to be established by entrepreneurial individuals or co-operatives. A Wood Energy Business will need: 1. A guaranteed, local supply of wood or processed wood fuel 2.


Solar Power

The UK embraces Solar Power

The Government has set targets for the number of UK households that will have installed solar panels to their home. Contrary to popular believe the UK has over 65% of the radiation that Spain receives which is more than enough to guarantee a the function of a Solar PV system. With the Government's feed-in tariff in place that allows an income to be produced from installing solar energy the number of homes that rely soley on solar power is set to rise.Pic