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Buddhist retreat goes green with biomass

Buddhist retreat goes green with biomass

Two Euroheat Energy Cabins have been installed at a large Buddhist retreat in Ledbury, Herefordshire, helping the centre and its community to enjoy a greener, more cost effective future with returns under the RHI of over £1m.

The site’s heating and hot water is now provided by two Euroheat Energy Cabins – biomass heating in a pre-fabricated box. This was deemed the most suitable solution for both end-users and installers as the cabins arrived on site, ready to plumb-in, wire-up and go, saving a considerable amount of time and cost. In some cases, the cabins can also negate planning issues, which is ideal for period buildings, such as Coddington Court.

The Energy Cabin being lowered into position at Coddington Court
The Energy Cabin being lowered into position at Coddington Court

Coddington Court architect, Tim Crosskey, explained: “Previously the site, which was a former school, had been run on oil – something we were keen to move away from favouring a more renewable technology, such as biomass.

“Initially we made contact with Euroheat via our digger driver who told us about another project he was working on with them, and once we heard about the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), biomass seemed the perfect solution and stacked up financially. We anticipate just a seven to eight year payback period on our initial investment, which is great!”

Simon Holden, co-founder of Euroheat, added: “Each Energy Cabin is home to a HDG Compact 200, 194kW pellet boiler, which qualify individually for just under £22,000 over a 20 year period, equating to nearly £440,000 per boiler over the RHI’s lifetime. On top of this, each system is eligible to an additional 3% per annum thanks to the Retail Price Index (RPI), bumping the figures up to nearly £590,000 earning Coddington Court well over a £1 million – a very attractive incentive. In addition to the boilers, each Energy Cabin includes a 4,000 litre accumulator, FRA-PSS pellet feed system and a TBZ80 pellet vacuum transfer system.”

The site has undergone a huge refurbishment project over the last year in order to establish a central resource for the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community. The centre has been transformed to provide accommodation, men’s and women’s communities, a library, and retreat and study facilities for up to 100 people, visitor’s accommodation and extensive gardens.

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