Worcester, United Kingdom (PressExposure) March 03, 2009 -- npower's Green Energy Fund has helped fund a new log-fired boiler, which has been installed at Carding Mill Valley in Shropshire. The log-fired boiler is expected to save Â£5,000 a year in fuel bills.
The sustainable system â which will provide the Chalet Pavilion with hot water and heating - will also reduce the propertyâs carbon footprint by 10 tons a year.
Around eighteen tons of logs, which are to be cut from National Trust woodland at Wenlock Edge, will be burnt annually, as part of its ongoing woodland management scheme.
The Â£43,000 project was funded by several partners including the National Trust West Midlands Sustainability Fund, npower Green Energy Fund, South Shropshire District Council and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) â Shropshire Development Fund.
Peter Carty, Countryside Property Manager for the National Trust, said: "This has been a major project identified in the Marches Energy Agency Energy Audit in 2006. It will save Â£5,000 in fuel oil and reduce our Carbon footprint by over 10 tons per year.
"Thanks to some hard work we currently have three years worth of logs cut and stacked by the trackside from where we can easily collect them. These are currently seasoning and a further five tons are cut and drying in our tractor shed at in Carding Mill Valley. A dozen volunteers and four members of National Trust staff were involved in this work which improves woodland management at Wenlock Edge."
Robert Harper, Sustainable Technology Manager at npower, said: "The National Trust is to be applauded for the sustainable nature of this project, which will ensure that Carding Mill need not ever rely entirely on fuel oil to provide heating for the property. npower's National Trust Green Energy [http://www.ntgreenenergy.org.uk/default.html] Fund has contributed a significant amount towards this project and we are delighted that the project has come to fruition."
Kathryn Warren, National Trust Environmental Practices Adviser, added: "The boiler will provide the Chalet Pavilion with all of its heating and hot water requirements. It is a sustainable source of fuel, which promotes better woodland management and results in increased nature conservation."
She continued: "Installing the log-fired boiler will remove the need for heating oil at the property; it will significantly reduce its carbon footprint by moving to a carbon neutral fuel. The property will also be self sufficient for heating fuel and no longer exposed to increasing oil prices. More long-term sustainable energy initiatives are planned at Carding Millâs Chalet Pavilion including hydro-electric power and rainwater harvesting."
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