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By J OWEN 13 Jan, 2017
In mid December the Government provided its response to the Reformed and Refocused RHI consultation, which gave details of how the incentive scheme will operate post 31st March 2017.

Now the dust has settled and we have had time to digest the detail Ashwell Biomass (The UKs original biomass specialists) feels the scheme remains advantageous and provides a suitable platform to support the continued growth of the biomass and renewables industry.

The key points of the new scheme are:

For Domestic Biomass installations
The tariff to will increase to 6.44p per kWh, but with a cap of 25,000kWs per annum introduced.
Therefore a domestic property with a heating and hot water demand in excess of 25,000kWs will receive £1,610 per annum, equating to £11,270 over the 7 year domestic RHI period.

For non Domestic/Commercial installations
The new non Domestic/Commercial tariff will cover all sizes of boiler installation at rates of 2.91p per kWh (Tier 1) and 2.05p per kWh (Tier 2). The tier 1 threshold will increase to 3,066 running hours (35% of the plant's capacity x 8,760 running hours per annum), benefiting installations with longer running hours.

There is always the temptation to compare the current scheme with the forthcoming reformed scheme and to give an illustration (assuming the boilers run for 3,066 hours per annum) we have put together the following table.

Boiler size (kW)                       100                   300                     500                    950                    1,900
New Scheme
(£ payback p/a)                          8,922              26,766                 44,610                84,760                169,520
New Scheme
(£ payback 20 years)            178,440            535,320              892,200             1,695,200           3,390,400
Existing Scheme
(£ payback p/a)                         5,243                32,587                54,312                103,193              119,421
Existing Scheme
(£ payback 20 years)            104,860            651,740            1,086,240           2,063,860           2,388,420

Notes: Figures are for illustrative purposes only and 20 year payback figures exclude annual increases linked to ROI

You can see that scheme remains very attractive, particularly for systems capable of running for longer running hours (ie 3,066 per annum). With paybacks increasing for smaller installations (up to 199kW) and also larger 1MW+ projects.

Also taken on its own merits payback for medium sized installations (ie those with a capacity of 200-999kW) with longer running hours is very positive.

To aid decision making for larger biomass installations (ie those 1MW+) a tariff guarantee has been introduced, meaning that once the project is registered the window for the design and installation is increased without the fear of the tariff being degressed.
Full details about the new scheme can be found:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/577024/RHI_Reform_Governme... .

Ashwell Biomass are one of the UK's original and leading biomass specialists. For further detail about whether a biomass boiler installation is right for you, contact us on: 0116 2604050; info@ashwellbiomass.com

ENDS


By J OWEN 15 Dec, 2016
The Government's response to the Reformed and Refocused RHI consultation has been released.

The headlines for biomass are:
Domestic Biomass - Tariff to increase to 6.44p per kWh - with a cap of 25,000kWs per annum introduced.
Non Domestic (Commercial) Biomass - Single tariff introduced to cover all sizes of installation at rates of 2.91p per kWh (Tier 1) and 2.05p per kWh (Tier 2), however importantly the tier 1 kWh threshold will be set at 35% of the plant's capacity x 8,760 running hours per annum (ie boiler size x 3,066).
Tariff guarantees introduced for large biomass projects (1MW+).

The Reformed scheme is set to take effect Spring 2017. 

Full details can be found: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/577024/RHI_Reform_Governme...

For further detail about whether a biomass boiler installation is right for you, contact us on:  0116 2604050; info@ashwellbiomass.com  

ENDS
By J OWEN 06 Dec, 2016
With the heating season now upon us has your biomass boiler been serviced and is it ready to keep your premises warm this Winter?

With a dedicated team of experienced biomass service engineers, Ashwell Biomass has been servicing boilers of all makes and models for many years. Here are our views on why it's important to have a regular service and maintenance regime in place.

"We do strongly recommend regular servicing of any biomass boiler. This ensures the system runs efficiently and effectively as well as reducing the possibility of costly breakdowns. At services we also check and report back any potential issues or recommend replacement parts as and when required which helps to encourage smooth running of the boiler.

Where a boiler is run continuously or substantially for a period of time (especially in winter months), there is added pressure on the systems. Whilst (naturally) issues are likely to occur, as with any mechanical or electrical system, it is important that there is regular cleaning and general maintenance to try to prevent issues.

The frequency of servicing is dependent upon factors such as the running hours of the boiler and the type of fuel used, for example wood chip generates more ash than wood pellet and the more impurities in the chip (bark, detritus, etc) the more cleaning will be required. Ashwell use this information to determine which package best suits the client's needs and offers three standard servicing and maintenance packages - Silver, Gold and Platinum. All include a major service. Whilst Gold and Platinum include a minor service and the Platinum also includes a set number of breakdown call outs.

In addition to this there are a number of additional services that require consideration, which include flue cleaning, ash box cleaning, health checks and operative training. All of these are designed to ease workload and also provide valuable information regarding successful long term running of a biomass boiler."

Finally do not forget if claiming RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) it is part of the RHI process to be able to prove that regular servicing by a competent trained engineer takes place.

Do make sure your biomass boiler ready to keep you warm this Winter

For more details about our service and maintenance packages please contact our dedicated team: 0116 2604050 - info@ashwellbiomass.com
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By J OWEN 13 Jan, 2017
In mid December the Government provided its response to the Reformed and Refocused RHI consultation, which gave details of how the incentive scheme will operate post 31st March 2017.

Now the dust has settled and we have had time to digest the detail Ashwell Biomass (The UKs original biomass specialists) feels the scheme remains advantageous and provides a suitable platform to support the continued growth of the biomass and renewables industry.

The key points of the new scheme are:

For Domestic Biomass installations
The tariff to will increase to 6.44p per kWh, but with a cap of 25,000kWs per annum introduced.
Therefore a domestic property with a heating and hot water demand in excess of 25,000kWs will receive £1,610 per annum, equating to £11,270 over the 7 year domestic RHI period.

For non Domestic/Commercial installations
The new non Domestic/Commercial tariff will cover all sizes of boiler installation at rates of 2.91p per kWh (Tier 1) and 2.05p per kWh (Tier 2). The tier 1 threshold will increase to 3,066 running hours (35% of the plant's capacity x 8,760 running hours per annum), benefiting installations with longer running hours.

There is always the temptation to compare the current scheme with the forthcoming reformed scheme and to give an illustration (assuming the boilers run for 3,066 hours per annum) we have put together the following table.

Boiler size (kW)                       100                   300                     500                    950                    1,900
New Scheme
(£ payback p/a)                          8,922              26,766                 44,610                84,760                169,520
New Scheme
(£ payback 20 years)            178,440            535,320              892,200             1,695,200           3,390,400
Existing Scheme
(£ payback p/a)                         5,243                32,587                54,312                103,193              119,421
Existing Scheme
(£ payback 20 years)            104,860            651,740            1,086,240           2,063,860           2,388,420

Notes: Figures are for illustrative purposes only and 20 year payback figures exclude annual increases linked to ROI

You can see that scheme remains very attractive, particularly for systems capable of running for longer running hours (ie 3,066 per annum). With paybacks increasing for smaller installations (up to 199kW) and also larger 1MW+ projects.

Also taken on its own merits payback for medium sized installations (ie those with a capacity of 200-999kW) with longer running hours is very positive.

To aid decision making for larger biomass installations (ie those 1MW+) a tariff guarantee has been introduced, meaning that once the project is registered the window for the design and installation is increased without the fear of the tariff being degressed.
Full details about the new scheme can be found:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/577024/RHI_Reform_Governme... .

Ashwell Biomass are one of the UK's original and leading biomass specialists. For further detail about whether a biomass boiler installation is right for you, contact us on: 0116 2604050; info@ashwellbiomass.com

ENDS


By J OWEN 15 Dec, 2016
The Government's response to the Reformed and Refocused RHI consultation has been released.

The headlines for biomass are:
Domestic Biomass - Tariff to increase to 6.44p per kWh - with a cap of 25,000kWs per annum introduced.
Non Domestic (Commercial) Biomass - Single tariff introduced to cover all sizes of installation at rates of 2.91p per kWh (Tier 1) and 2.05p per kWh (Tier 2), however importantly the tier 1 kWh threshold will be set at 35% of the plant's capacity x 8,760 running hours per annum (ie boiler size x 3,066).
Tariff guarantees introduced for large biomass projects (1MW+).

The Reformed scheme is set to take effect Spring 2017. 

Full details can be found: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/577024/RHI_Reform_Governme...

For further detail about whether a biomass boiler installation is right for you, contact us on:  0116 2604050; info@ashwellbiomass.com  

ENDS
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