Woodchip burning

E.ON has given a £30,000 grant under its new SOURCE community initiative towards the cost of installing a renewable energy woodchip boiler at the Slapton Ley Field Centre in Kingsbridge, Devon.

The centre attracts thousands of visitors each year who enjoy a range of educational and environmental opportunities, from guided walks to week-long residential courses. It also manages the Slapton Ley Nature Reserve in partnership with the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust.

The grant will assist with the design and installation of a 100kW woodchip boiler, which will supply heating and hot water for four existing buildings on the centre’s grounds, including classrooms and accommodation facilities.

The project aims to show how alternative energy can be used as an integral part of residential accommodation through educational visits and public open days. It is expected that the boiler system will save emissions of up to 53 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.

E.ON launched its SOURCE fund in 2007 to help with the costs of sustainable energy projects for community buildings. The next application deadline for funding is Friday October 13th, 2008. Further details can be found here.