Hoathly Hill Community - Biomass Upgrade

West Hoathly, West Sussex

Commission: Having originally installed a Binder biomass system in 2007, together with a custom made boiler house and fuel silo, Douch Biomass were subsequently asked to replace this with a new HDG boiler that would be eligible for RHI accreditation. With the new boiler on the RHI Scheme, it is estimated that Hoathly Hill will receive a payback in 3.4 years and a return on their investment of 29.4%.

Boiler Type: HDG Compact 199kW

Fuel Type: Wood chip

Fuel Storage: Previously custom built boiler house and fuel silo

CO2 emission reduction: 1417 tonnes

Case History: Set in the beautiful High Weald Area, Hoathly Hill Community consists of 27 houses, various workshops and a kindergarten. Hoathly Hill was bought over 40 years ago by a group of people with a vision for community living, supportive of individual needs and initiatives. Installing biomass was part of the community’s ideological approach to climate change and working towards being carbon neutral. They were also keen to use local resources and save on energy costs.

Date Completed: December 2014

  • As the Executive Director of Hoathly Hill Renewable Energy Ltd, I have had the pleasure of dealing with Nick Douch and his team at Douch Biomass for a number of years now. As a community of dwellings and enterprises we decided to investigate sustainable sources of heating. Having found what we felt was the solution, Douch guided us through the process from start to finish. They have been absolutely brilliant in the service they have offered, going, I feel, beyond what one would expect of them. If choosing biomass boilers as your energy supply, you would do well to engage with Douch in this regard….you will not be disappointed.

    Andrew Higgo, Executive Director - Hoathly Hill Renewable Energy Ltd

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