Why charities are finding it pays to be green

The Dogs Trust, which recently installed one of our ÖkoFEN wood pellet boilers is a great example of a charity which has seen the financial sense in renewable energy.

Not only will the heating and hot water costs be cut dramatically, the charity can take advantage of the Renewable Heat Incentive. And with a range of other renewable initiatives at its Shropshire site, including solar PV, the charity can also access the benefits of the Feed-in-Tariff.

But the Dogs Trust isn’t the only charity which has embraced renewables as awareness of the benefits of the Renewable Heat Incentive for non-domestic installations increases.

In County Durham, tenants of a new affordable housing development have solar PV panels supplying power to their property with the surplus electricity feeding into the National Grid.

It’s a great move by the Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association – a charity which provides retirement homes in the region – which installed solar PV on ten new bungalows.

The Taraloka Retreat Centre near Whitchurch in Shropshire is another charity which also welcomed the installation of a renewable system that cut costs and was in keeping with the charity’s aim of reducing its environmental impact.

And the reason why charities are increasingly turning to green energy solutions is because they, like not-for-profit companies and communities, can benefit from a range of grant support as well as qualifying for the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Organic Energy provided an Energy Box with an ÖkoFEN wood pellet boiler to Taraloka with the retreat obtaining 50 per cent of the cost of the system via a grant from the Government’s Low Carbon Building Programme. The charity also received additional funding from Scottish Power Green Energy Trust, which funds community-based renewable energy projects, plus an interest-free loan from the Carbon Trust.

If you are a charity, a school, a university, a not-for-profit or third sector organisation then we can help you find not only the best renewable solution, but assist with information on what financial support and grants may be available.

Give us a call on 01938 530070 or email us for more information.


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