Pioneer student and teachers at a school are reaping the benefits of renewable energy following the installation of a new boiler system.
A biomass boiler system that was recently installed by Asgard Biomass at Marston Vale Middle School, has replaced two 20 year-old-oil boilers.
The school is one of the first in Bedfordshire to install the energy efficient biomass boilers. It was also one of the first to install a solar panels.
Director of Asgard Biomass Ross Donovan said: “Pupils at Marston Vale Middle School learn about the importance of conserving the earth’s natural resources.
“It is inspiring for them to be part of a school that demonstrates a real commitment to renewable energy.”
The school already had experience of renewable energy having installed photovoltaic (PV) panels and benefitting from Feed in Tariff (FIT) payments from the government.
The government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme has also now given them a clear business incentive to install biomass.
Under the RHI scheme the school will receive 8.3pence for every kilowatt of energy produced from the biomass boilers.
It is estimated that the school will generate between £10,000 and £18,000 from the RHI each year for the next 20 years. It is also making a 28 per cent saving by using biomass pellets compared with the old oil system.