Six schools could get wood burning boilers

WOOD burning boilers might be installed in six Calderdale primary schools.

They are likely to cost £500,000 but are expected to earn the council more than £1.3 million by reducing carbon emissions.

The boilers are earmarked for St Mary’s Catholic Primary and Beech Hill, Halifax, Old Earth, Elland, West Vale, Ash Green, at Mixenden and St Chad’s, in Brighouse.

Installing environmentally friendly boilers would make it possible for Calderdale Council to take advantage of the Government’s new Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme, which encourages organisations to generate heat from renewable sources

Council leaders will consider the proposal when they meet on Monday.

The new boilers would burn recycled wood pellets and under the scheme, the council could expect payments for every unit of heat generated.

The renewables tariff is guaranteed for 20 years and the installation costs could be recouped within seven years. At that point, the additional payments could be shared between the council and the schools.

It is estimated that the new boilers could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 400 tonnes a year.

Calderdale Council’s energy project officer, Dan Knight, said: “This is the sort of partnership approach that the council is trying to develop.

“The council and the schools will be saving money in the long term while demonstrating their commitment to the environment. A number of innovative environmental projects that we are involved in with partner organisations across a range of activities.”

The boilers at Old Earth and West Vale schools currently run on gas and the other four on heating oil.

Each school has two boilers and the proposal is to replace just one to provide the main source of heating.