Welsh hotel cuts costs with biomass on-site power

A luxury hotel on Anglesey, Wales in the UK has slashed its energy bills by investing £500,000 ($791,000) in building its own on site biomass power plant.

Tre-Ysgawen Hall country house hotel and spa at Capel Coch, near Llangefni, is thought to be the first hotel in Wales to harness the power of biomass fuel for all its heating needs.

The 600kW renewable energy system, which is powered by wood chip, will completely cancel out the £90,000 a year oil bill of the four-star hotel and will help safeguard its future as a key island employer of 80 people.

Edwina Hart, Welsh Government Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science, switched on the new boiler recently.

"This investment will secure the long-term sustainable future of the hotel, ensure it remains highly competitive and also safeguard jobs," she said. "Tre-Ysgawen is setting an example of how investment in low-carbon technology can bring real economic benefits."

The biomass boiler will cost the hotel £40,000 a year to run, but due to the British Government's renewable heat incentive, which is a payment for renewable energy generated by individuals and businesses, the running costs of the boiler will be paid for under the subsidy scheme for the next 20 years.

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