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Northern Ireland companies could be losing up to £400,000

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Pictured at the newest biomass install Brian Hood, Managing Director, BS Holdings and Bill Henry, Energy Manager, Charles Hurst Group.
Rebecca Kincade on September 4, 2015 - 11:50 am in News

Northern Ireland companies could be losing up to £400,000 if they don’t proactively utilise a government incentive scheme designed to help businesses reduce heating energy bills and their carbon foot print.

That’s the warning from leading engineering specialists, BS Holdings, who to date have saved businesses over £1 million.

The company, which is based in Belfast but operates UK and Ireland-wide, is one of Northern Ireland’s leading providers of biomass systems. These systems coupled with BS Holdings specialist knowledge have enabled customers to cut their carbon emissions and achieve significant cost savings.

Only this month, the company installed their latest significant project for the Charles Hurst Group. This innovative project has seen the Renault Van Service Centre in Mallusk replace the oil-fired, warm-air heaters with a new, environmentally friendly system that adhered to the overall sustainability plans of Charles Hurst.

The system delivers increased annual efficiency over the previous oil boiler system installed as well as saving 51.5 tonnes of carbon each year; the company will receive a return of £15,500 through the RHI each year thus saving £20,000 in fuel costs and over the next 20 years the branch is set to save £263,000 with free heating costs.

Brian Hood, Managing Director, BS Holdings, said “Since the launch of the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme in 2011, we’ve worked with 20 of Northern Ireland’s leading businesses to manufacture and install bespoke renewable technologies, helping them save in excess of £400,000 each on their energy bills over the life span of the RHI scheme.

“Businesses don’t really realise what they are missing out on – it isn’t just about going green, it is about making savings that can be reinvested in your business to drive forward success. Ultimately we would like to see more proactive companies like Charles Hurst and the Renault Van Service team really tapping into biomass and bringing their overheads down.”

The Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a Government environmental programme that provides financial incentives to increase the uptake of renewable heat. By providing a long-term financial incentive, the objective of the Non-Domestic RHI is to significantly increase the proportion of heat generated from renewable sources. By driving change in a heat sector currently dominated by fossil fuel technologies, the RHI can help the UK meet EU targets to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy security.

BSH installed a 99kW wood pellet fuelled system at the Renault Van Service Centre that provides both space heating and hot water for the van centre and working closely with the team to ensure that the project was accepted onto the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

“Finding an environmentally efficient and cost effective heating system for the Renault Van Service Centre in Mallusk became a priority not just for the company but also for our customer. Charles Hurst’s proactive sustainability strategy works in tandem with the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) ensuring the unique heating system provided will ensure the Van Service Centre has no heating costs over the next 20 years.” Mr Bill Henry, Energy Manager, Charles Hurst Group

BS Holdings has provided multinational retailers, international manufacturers, public sector organisations including; universities, hospitals and health care providers as well as numerous residential schemes and projects across Ireland – North and South – with comprehensive heating and cooling systems.


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