Npower's Green Energy Fund helps cover costs of new log-fired boiler
Released on: March 4, 2009, 5:57 am
npower's Green Energy Fund has helped fund a new log-fired
boiler, which has been installed at Carding Mill Valley in Shropshire.
The log-fired boiler is expected to save £5,000 a year in fuel bills.
The sustainable system – which will provide the Chalet Pavilion with hot water and
heating - will also reduce the property’s carbon footprint by 10 tons a year.
Around eighteen tons of logs, which are to be cut from National Trust woodland at
Wenlock Edge, will be burnt annually, as part of its ongoing woodland management
The £43,000 project was funded by several partners including the National Trust West
Midlands Sustainability Fund, npower
Green Energy Fund, South Shropshire District Council and the Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty (AONB) – Shropshire Development Fund.
Peter Carty, Countryside Property Manager for the National Trust, said: "This has
been a major project identified in the Marches Energy Agency Energy Audit in 2006.
It will save £5,000 in fuel oil and reduce our Carbon footprint by over 10 tons per
"Thanks to some hard work we currently have three years worth of logs cut and
stacked by the trackside from where we can easily collect them. These are currently
seasoning and a further five tons are cut and drying in our tractor shed at in
Carding Mill Valley. A dozen volunteers and four members of National Trust staff
were involved in this work which improves woodland management at Wenlock Edge."
Robert Harper, Sustainable Technology Manager at npower, said: "The National Trust
is to be applauded for the sustainable nature of this project, which will ensure
that Carding Mill need not ever rely entirely on fuel oil to provide heating for the
property. npower's National Trust Green Energy Fund has contributed a significant
amount towards this project and we are delighted that the project has come to
Kathryn Warren, National Trust Environmental Practices Adviser, added: "The boiler
will provide the Chalet Pavilion with all of its heating and hot water requirements. It is a sustainable source of fuel, which promotes better woodland management and
results in increased nature conservation."
She continued: "Installing the log-fired boiler will remove the need for heating
oil at the property; it will significantly reduce its carbon footprint by moving to
a carbon neutral fuel. The property will also be self sufficient for heating fuel
and no longer exposed to increasing oil prices. More long-term sustainable energy
initiatives are planned at Carding Mill’s Chalet Pavilion including hydro-electric
power and rainwater harvesting."
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business, generating electricity and supplying gas, electricity and related services
to customers across the UK. We operate and manage flexible, low-cost coal, oil and
gas-fired power stations - generating over 10.3 GW of electricity. npower serves
around 6.6 million customer accounts and produce more than 10 per cent of the
electricity used in England and Wales. In 2007, the company’s turnover was £5.9
About National Trust Green Energy:
National Trust Green Energy - in partnership with npower - was launched in September
2007. Through this partnership, the National Trust and npower have created a
renewable energy tariff – National Trust Green Energy - from offshore wind and
hydro-electric sources. When a customer signs up to National Trust Green Energy,
npower makes a payment in the National Trust Green Energy Fund which is invested in
small scale renewable energy generation and other carbon saving projects at Trust
sites. npower’s National Trust Green Energy customers also receive an energy
saving tips booklet and money off products such as insulation and PV panels to
encourage them to save energy and money in their own homes.
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