An introduction to commercial biomass solutions


Commercial biomass is now an extremely viable investment, due in the large part to the Government’s RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) scheme. Biomass systems installed for commercial, charity, public sector and non-profit organisations can significantly lower energy bills, reduce CO2 emissions (with all the benefits that arise from this) and earn a healthy income, depending on the method of heating currently in place and the overarching demands of the user(s).

This section will give you all the information you need if you are thinking of investing in Biomass for the heating demands of a commercial property or for specic ADHOC commercial reasons. If you have any questions then don’t hesitate to send us a ‘contact us’, ask on our forums or contact one of the nations installers listed in our database.

Financial incentives for commercial biomass heating
The RHI is a long-term financial support program designed to promote the use of renewable heat and lessen the use of and reliance on fossil fuels. The scheme is designed to bridge the gap between the low cost fossil fuel heat installations and their renewable heat alternatives through financial support for owners. The government incentive pays you a tariff for each unit of heat your biomass (or other eligible technology) system produces. You will have to apply to OFGEM in order to benefit from RHI payments, your chosen installer will advise and assist in this matter.

Applications that have been correctly filled out usually take four weeks or more to process and approve. Your biomass system will have to have been installed after July 15th 2009 in order to qualify and emission levels must be below a maximum 30g g/GJ Particulates and 150g/Gj Nitrogen Oxide. Installations below 45kW must be Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited. The RHI helps the UK reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet targets for reducing the effects of climate change but more than this a biomass system can actually make you money, pay for itself over a time period and turn a profit. Click this link for a full breakdown of the terms and conditions for receiving commercial Biomass RHI payments. Below is a table showing the RHI tariffs and changes for commercial biomass.

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