Ryhll leisure centre first to benefit from RHI

Pooling resources: E.ON and Denbighshire County Council cut costs and carbon in Rhyl leisure centre

A leisure centre at the heart of a north Wales community has become the first to benefit from cutting edge renewable heating agreement designed to cut costs and carbon emissions – without the need for upfront investment by the local authority.

The pioneering agreement between Denbighshire County Council and E.ON, one of the UK’s leading energy companies, will see cutting edge renewable heat technology fitted at Rhyl Leisure Centre.

E.ON will replace the existing gas boilers with a biomass system in the grounds of the leisure centre – providing a source of low carbon heat for the Council for ten years as part of a heat supply agreement. exposure

As well as providing a more efficient heating and hot water system, the new technology is expected to generate carbon savings of up to 258 tonnes a year and will save the Council more than £3,000 per year under the Carbon Reduction Commitmentthe Government’s mandatory energy efficiency scheme for high energy users. Plus savings on the cost of space heating and hot water.

John Walsh, from E.ON’s Sustainable Energy business, said: “This agreement with Denbighshire County Council is the first initiative as part of our Project New Heat programme which aims to help organisations realise significant carbon reductions and vital cost savings, with the added benefit that there are no up-front costs to the customer.

“This is a great example of E.ON and its customers working in partnership to make a real impact in the local community. E.ON designs the most efficient renewable technology and provides innovative financial solutions to help make the design a reality. It’s been a pleasure to work with a forward-thinking Council like Denbighshire that welcomes and values new ideas on its path to a low carbon future.”

Jamie Groves, Head of Leisure Services at Denbighshire County Council, said: “Partnerships like this help us to drive down energy costs significantly, freeing up funds for reinvestment into the local community.

“We’re keen to ensure that valuable local services are accessible and affordable to our community users and this partnership enables us to reduce our heating spend whilst keeping the facilities up to date.”

The Leisure Centre at Rhyl is used by a number of community groups and organisations on a regular basis, such as the local high school which uses the centre as part of its curriculum, local baby and toddler groups, and also as a popular venue for local children’s parties.

By working with E.ON, Denbighshire County Council is helping to keep the costs of local amenities down. Lower costs means admissions prices can be kept down, an important factor for local residents who rely on the leisure centre for social and health-related activities.

The deal will also help in the Council’s commitment to explore ways of improving the sustainability of their county, and provide a safe and healthy environment for the present and the future. Joining forces with E.ON will help Rhyl significantly reduce its carbon usage and, even more importantly, when purse strings are tight, with no capital expenditure.

Notes for editors:

• E.ON is one of the UK’s leading power and gas companies – generating electricity, and retailing power and gas – and is part of the E.ON group, one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies. We employ around 12,000 people in the UK and more than 85,000 worldwide;
• E.ON’s Energy Solutions business supplies power and gas to over 5 million domestic, small and medium-sized enterprise and industrial customers across the country. With customers at its heart, Energy Solutions also offers innovative energy services and technologies tailored to meet its customers’ needs. The business is designed to help customers become energy fit by encouraging them to insulate their homes, moderate their energy usage and even to generate their own power through microgeneration systems such as ground source heat pumps and solar panels for both homes and businesses.

• E.ON launched its Sustainable Energy business in 2007, providing low carbon energy solutions to businesses;
• E.ON is an MCS approved installer and one of only two energy providers accredited under the Government’s Low Carbon Building Programme Phase 2 which aims to reduce carbon emissions from buildings in the public and charity sector;
• For information on E.ON’s Sustainable Energy business visit www.eonenergy.com/sustainable or call free on 0800 051 5687.

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