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Suffolk County Council installed a 145kW biomass boiler in Ringshall Primary School in 2007.
Biomass boilers that use locally grown wood chips for generating space heating and hot water, offer significant potential for carbon reductions, especially when they are used to replace oil-fired boilers, or even electric heating. Suffolk County Council has installed in the region of 4MW of biomass boiler capacity over the last 4 years encompassing approximately 20 school sites. This overall capacity will deliver approximately 4440 MWh of renewable heat each year (enough to heat over 200 typical family homes) and will result in an annual carbon reduction in carbon emissions in the region of 1,600 tonnes.
Biomass installations to-date have been funded through various bio-energy grant schemes however, moving forward future installations will be designed to be eligible for annual renewable-heat payments under the Government’s renewable-heat-incentive (RHI) scheme.
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