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Cheshire Estate Reaps Rewards From Renewables
- Published: Wednesday, 29 July 2015 11:51
Bolesworth Estate, a prestigious Cheshire estate extending over 6,000 acres, has introduced four new renewable energy systems to commercial buildings across the Estate. The new systems are designed to heat and power premises as well as generate financial returns.
Traditionally focussed around dairy farming, the estate has adapted and diversified to now manage a portfolio of residential and commercial properties and as well as host one of the highest profile events on the equestrian calendar, the Bolesworth CSI International****.
The Estate turned to Cheshire renewables expert, TGE Group for advice on the latest technologies to power and heat a selection of key properties, including a local police station, dairy farm, church and offices.
TGE Group designed and installed three biomass district heating systems, replacing costly oil boilers, along with a solar PV system to generate electricity. The new renewable systems offer low cost, sustainable heat and power, whilst reducing carbon emissions and providing a 20-year revenue stream from the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) incentive schemes.
Matthew Morris, Estate Manager at Bolesworth, comments: “We are continually reviewing energy efficiency on the Estate in order to ensure our commercial buildings offer tenants modern and efficient working environments.
“The new renewable systems have brought modern and sustainable methods of heating to some of our more traditional buildings, while the new district heating systems and solar PV have started to significantly reduce energy costs for our occupiers. One of the real benefits however is that the systems also generate an income stream which is re-invested back into other exciting projects we have scheduled on the Estate.”
The renewables installed include a biomass boiler to generate heat and hot water for a farm house, church and stable offices; a pre-fitted containerised biomass district heating system at Dragon Hall, supplying a police station and six separate businesses on site; and a biomass boiler on a dairy farm to generate 1300l of hot water, twice a day, for the dairy building, along with space heating for two tenanted cottages. A 150kWp solar PV array was also installed over three farm roofs to generate power for farm buildings.
The biomass boilers are designed to offer 93% efficiency, generating heat at 20% less than the cost of oil and offering an average 20% return on investment, giving a pay back of just five years. The solar PV system selected will pay back its investment in seven years. The combined systems will save more than 170 tonnes of CO² per year.
Stephen Davies, commercial director at TGE Group, comments: “Bolesworth Estate is an impressive, forward thinking estate that has invested in modern technology to replace outdated, costly fossil fuel systems. We will be remotely monitoring the systems to optimise performance and maximise returns.”