Tue, 2012-11-06 10:25
Shropshire Council is offering employees free and heavily subsidised insulation as part of its Keep Shropshire Warm (KSW) scheme. You need to hurry though – the offer ends at the end of December!
As we approach winter the Council is keen to help employees stay warm in their homes without spending a fortune on their energy bills.
All privately owned or privately rented homes which are suitable for insulation are eligible for KSW. If you rent your house from a private landlord you will need to get their permission for the work to go ahead.
Why Insulate Now?
Is it suitable for my house?
Any home with a loft space can have loft insulation fitted. The recommended depth is 270mm (10.5 inches)so even if you have some insulation you could still get a top up. If you use your loft for storage our installers can recommend different kinds of insulation to accommodate this, although this may affect the price.
If you home was built after 1930 then it probably has a cavity in the walls that can be filled with insulation. If it was built after the early 1980s then this cavity was probably filled as it was built and you won’t need to do anything else.
Keep Shropshire Warm can also offer quotes for a range of other measures which will make your home warmer. From subsidised insulation for solid walled homes (usually those built before 1930)and replacement boiler systems to solar panels that generate electricity,contact the scheme to see what we can do for you.
Call Keep Shropshire Warm on: 01743 277123. Alternatively, visit: www.keepshropshirewarm.org. Offers are subject to a survey.
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Fri, 2012-10-12 08:44
An innovative business competition has been launched in the West Midlands for companies keen to develop opportunities in renewable bioenergy.
This pilot project, unique to the West Midlands, is looking for five organisations within the region which have the potential to site innovative small-scale bioenergy power plants. These plants are capable of providing organisations with heat, power and electricity powered by a range of renewable sources including grass and green clippings, meat and bone meal, sewage sludge, husk from wheat and barley, oil pressing cake from rape seed, soy bean, cocoa butter, olive, sunflower, miscanthus, wood, algae, corn residue, dried anaerobic residues and brewery residues. Plants are compact and can be housed in a building 12m².
Organised under the auspices of Birmingham Science City as a part of BioenNW - an EU funded Interreg IVB project - the ‘Regional Competition for Development of Innovative Bioenergy Schemes’ is open to West Midlands based local authorities, industrial organisations, landowners, developers, waste companies, energy companies and any other stakeholders interested in infrastructure development of this type.
The identified site with the highest potential to house a bioenergy plant, will win both a development plan and a business plan. Four other sites will receive development plans.
Dr Pam Waddell, Chair of the Competition Steering Group and Director of Birmingham Science City, said: “If you have an idea for a bioenergy scheme, this competition provides a fantastic platform from which you can accelerate your plans. The chosen sites will work with appointed consultants to take their local schemes to the point of build. I am delighted that the West Midlands is setting an example for the rest of Europe to follow, in a project seen as so significant for Europe that BioenNW has been awarded Strategic Initiative status by the European Union. I would encourage any interested organisations within the West Midlands to submit an Expression of Interest form."
BioenNW sees five countries in North West Europe working together to deliver local,small-scale bioenergy schemes using anaerobic digestion and a new pyrolysis technology called a Pyroformer™, developed by researchers at the project’s lead partner, the European Bioenergy Research Institute at Aston University
Full details of how put forward your local bioenergy scheme for consideration, application forms and further information forms can be found at: www.bioenergy-nw.eu