Staff put en­ergy into help­ing trust with heat­ing

The Oban Times - - News -

AN EN­ERGY firm do­nated a day’s labour to a Lochaber com­mu­nity trust to pro­vide them with re­new­able heat­ing.

Staff from HWEn­ergy worked hard last Fri­day to link the com­pany’s biomass boiler to Lochaber Ru­ral Ed­u­ca­tion Trust’s (LRET) build­ing. LRET or­gan­ises ac­tiv­i­ties, for thou­sands of peo­ple but with no heat­ing sys­tem and the win­ter fast ap­proach­ing, con­di­tions in its build­ing were be­com­ing a grow­ing con­cern.

Moira Hart­ley, LRET man­ager, said: ‘We are very proud of our achieve­ments but one is­sue that lets us down is the lack of heat­ing within our premises. As an in­terim mea­sure we have been us­ing por­ta­ble gas heaters which do not of­fer ad­e­quate heat­ing and are not cost ef­fec­tive. We are ex­tremely grate­ful to HWEn­ergy for pro­vid­ing the pro­fes­sional sup­port we des­per­ately re­quire which will al­low us to have a more wel­com­ing cosy build­ing and be more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.’

HWEn­ergy added that by sup­ply­ing heat to the LRET build­ing more in­come will be gen­er­ated by its own biomass boiler in the form of Re­new­able Heat Ini­tia­tive (RHI) pay­ments from the gov­ern­ment. In­come from th­ese pay­ments are ring-fenced for a com­mu­nity fund which pro­vides grants to pro­jects and groups in the area.

The team pulled to­gether to take part in the Biomass SOS chal­lenge.

Staff at HWEn­ergy spent a day mov­ing equip­ment into place to pro­vide LRET with re­new­able heat­ing.

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