13 June 2008 14:55
Powys community centre awarded £15,000 by E.ON for carbon neutral wood pellet boiler
Energy company E.ON has given a £15,000 grant under its SOURCE community initiative to Carno Community Centre towards the cost of replacing its old oil boiler with a new, greener wood pellet burner.
As well as providing heating and hot water, the centre wants to use the boiler to raise awareness of energy and the environment and the use of wood as a fuel to reduce carbon emissions among its users.
Tony Jenkin Jones, Community Relations Executive with E.ON, said: "We know there are plenty of local groups that want to go green by reducing carbon emissions from community buildings, and we're keen to help them contribute to the fight against climate change in this way."
The pellet boiler will be carbon neutral, and is expected to save the emission of around 16 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. It will also be made available as a teaching aid to the local primary school and other groups.
Alan Humphreys, the Centre Administrator, said: "With E.ON's help, we're delighted to have been given the opportunity to develop an exciting project which has allowed the Centre to take advantage of modern technology, while at the same time helping us to reduce our impact on the environment.''
E.ON, one of the UK's leading green electricity generators, launched its SOURCE fund in 2007 to help with the costs of sustainable energy projects for community buildings.
The fund is backed up by the SOURCE website, which provides information and advice for community groups seeking to become more energy efficient or generate their own energy from sustainable sources.
"In addition to the funding available, community groups can also get all the information they need to put their green energy ideas into practice from our website," said Tony.
"The website contains tips on saving energy and downloadable fact sheets on ways of generating your own power or heat, as well as full details of how to apply for a grant."
The website, which contains full details of how to apply for a grant, can be accessed at www.eon-uk.com/source.
The next deadline for applications for funding is Friday 3 October, 2008.
Notes to editors:
- The SOURCE fund is available until the end of 2008 and the closing dates for applications is 3 October 2008;
- E.ON is one of the UK's leading power and gas companies - generating and distributing electricity, and retailing power and gas - and is part of the E.ON group, the world's largest investor-owned power and gas company. We employ around 17,000 people in the UK;
- E.ON is the new name for Powergen. Our retail business is a leading energy supplier in the UK, with around 8 million electricity and gas customer accounts, covering domestic, SME and industrial. E.ON offers central heating and boiler care through its Home Energy Services business;
- We're one of the leading green generators in the UK, with 21 wind farms located from Cornwall to Northern Ireland. We also burn biomass material mixed with coal in two of our power stations and have recently opened the UK's largest dedicated biomass power station at Lockerbie. Combined, our renewable portfolio generates enough green energy to power the homes in a city the size of Manchester;
- Our target is to cut the carbon released by each kW of electricity we generate by 10% between 2005-2012, having already reduced it by 20% since 1990;
- We have 1,300MW of renewable capacity under development;
- We invested £53 million in energy efficiency in 2006. These measures included loft and cavity wall insulation, installation of energy efficient boilers and smart metering, a technology we are investing a further £12 million in over the next two years.
For further information contact:
Deanna Mooney on 024 7618 3678