One of the UK’s leading preparatory schools, The Croft School in Stratford Upon Avon, has taken a huge step towards becoming zero-carbon thanks to 100% funding it received for biomass boiler systems from Forest Fuels.
The little-known ‘Forest Fuels Biomass ESCO” scheme that The Croft School took advantage of is open to all schools that require replacement boilers for their heat and hot water. For The Croft School it provided all the upfront costs of their new biomass system, including the boiler itself, the system design, its installation, and all planning and development costs.
“The Forest Fuels Biomass ESCO has made it possible for us to have a brand new boiler system without any capital investment, which was particularly attractive to us with aging fossil fuel boilers. “What made it most appealing though was the fact that all future maintenance and repairs are taken care of, so we’ll have no unknown costs or resources. Our site staff will save a lot of the time they previously spent looking after our old boilers.”
Barney Thornton, The Croft School’s Director of Project Development
700,000 kilowatt hours of heat every year
This is a marvelous addition,” said The Croft School’s Director of Project Development Barney Thornton, “as it has given us the chance to massively reduce the amount of fossil fuels we use. As a forward-thinking school it’s important for us to set a positive example to pupils about the benefits of using sustainable energy and it’s great that we can do this without huge financial risk.
“We now have a brand new heating system that is operated by Forest Fuels, who take all the responsibility for maintenance, servicing and fuel supply. And, as energy costs are a huge consideration for us, it’s reassuring to know that we’ll be using local fuel, rather than having to buy oil or gas from big energy companies that respond to unpredictable world energy prices.”
The Croft School’s biomass boiler generates 700,000 Kwh of heat every year. That’s enough renewable energy to heat around 30 average houses, burning super-efficient wood pellets that are supplied locally by Forest Fuels.
“The Biomass ESCO scheme is a great solution for The Croft School and indeed any school that is looking to replace their old heating systems, because they can do this without worrying about any future issues. Schools don’t pay a single penny upfront, but receive a modern new boiler, designed precisely for their requirements – the only thing they have to pay for is the cost of the heat they use.”
Peter Solly, Forest Fuels Managing Director