Nurseries install eco-friendly heating system to slash costs

Trevena Cross Nurseries in Helston, Cornwall, which grows most of its stock of plants on its 32 acre site, has had installed a new biomass heating system in its garden centre. The extensive retail areas and caf? benefit from year-round natural light through the roof, however heat is lost much more quickly from these areas than from a conventional building.

The new heating system is improving customer comfort as the weather turns colder, and will not only be much cheaper to run than the electric heating system it replaces, but will also generate a 20-year income for the nurseries under the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme.

The 86kW ?Ekoheat? boiler system runs on wood pellets, a sustainable and widely-available biomass fuel, and is housed in an ?Eco Cabin?, a timber-clad shipping container fitted out by Celtic Renewable Energy of Launceston, Cornwall.

The Eco Cabin was delivered to site pre-plumbed and ready to connect to the new heating and hot water system. This was also designed and installed by Celtic, and includes radiators for the caf? and office areas, and Eco Vector overhead heaters for the extensive shop, which direct currents of warm air downwards into the space, encouraging customers to stay and browse.

Graham Jeffery, owner of Trevena Cross, commented: ?We can now look forward to vastly-reduced heating costs, and the RHI payments we receive will provide a very useful income stream for many years to come. Our initial investment will be paid for by our energy cost savings and RHI income in just a few years, and we have a much-improved environment for our customers and staff.?

Celtic Renewable Energy install throughout the South West of England and can be contacted on 01566 781509.

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