Biomass coup for Cofton

By Ellen Grindley in Environment

THE largest biomass boiler in Devon has been installed at a Starcross holiday park.

The £500,000 state-of-the-art biomass hub will provide heat and hot water to Cofton Holidays’ leisure and dining complex, cottages, shower and toilet blocks.

Officially opened by MP Anne Marie Morris, the biomass hub is the largest of its kind in Devon, and is expected to produce on average 1.9 million kWh of energy that will constantly charge four 5,000-litre thermal stores of hot water, heating its indoor pool, cottages, outdoor pools during the summer months, 24 showers and amenity blocks.

It means multiple locations across the holiday park can be heated from the one hub.

Saving about 40 per cent on Cofton’s existing annual fuel bill the new boilers, which burn locally sourced woodchip, are set to not only cut CO2 by at least 750 tonnes per year, but to provide pay back on the installation costs in under five years, aided in part by the Government-backed Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.

Chris Jeffrey, Cofton Holidays director, said: ‘Here at Cofton, we’re surrounded by an amazing natural habitat, which we’ve nurtured over the years resulting in numerous conservation awards including over 15 years­­­­­ of Gold Awards from the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme. 

‘Each year we challenge ourselves to be part of the environmental solution rather than the problem. 

‘That’s why we’ve introduced green initiatives such as compostable Vegware at The Swan Pub, a 30kW solar panel system on our pool hall roof and our new biomass hub and district heating system, which has been installed by the fantastic team at Treco, who also assisted with the planning application, making the entire project possible.’

Ms Morris said: ‘Cofton Holidays has been a leader in the field of green initiatives and sustainability for a number of years, and so it is heartening to see that they are once again investing not only in their future, but all our futures, using technology that will significantly cut Cofton’s impact on the environment.’

Rufus Bellamy, head of the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme said: ‘Over the years Cofton Holidays have introduced some great schemes to improve and enrich the environment. 

‘The new biomass boiler hub demonstrates once again their ongoing commitment to increasing their use of green energy sources and to improving sustainability on site.’

Daniel Messenger, project manager for Treco, said: ‘With reduction in carbon emissions becoming more and more important to businesses both large and small, it was a great opportunity to be involved in a local scheme of this scale.

‘The project centred around the replacement of a series of individual fossil fuel boilers, all of which were replaced with a central wood chip boiler system, all housed in a state of the art boiler house.

‘The site’s existing biomass boiler was relocated to this building, providing the site with one central biomass hub.’

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