Blas Gwyr, Llangennith. Grant Helps Gower B&B Go Green
Thanks to the financial support of the Wood Energy Business Scheme (WEBS) a wood pellet boiler has been installed at Blas Gwyr. The B&B in Llangennith is the first tourism business in the Gower to receive a grant from the Forestry Commission Wales scheme.
The 32kW Okofen boiler provides space heating and hot water to the four bedroom suites and coffee shop in the renovated courtyard at Plenty Farm, Llangennith.
The boiler is fuelled by wood pellets, an efficient and convenient form of woodfuel made form compressed sawdust. In order to operate the high efficiency boiler, a large hot water storage tank has been included in the system.
Owner Dafydd Llyr James said, “With costs for alternative technology in respect of energy generation still relatively high, the WEBS grant enabled us to consider biomass as a real alternative to traditional forms of energy generation such as gas, oil and electricity.”
As well as grant support from the Wood Energy Business Scheme towards the capital costs of installing the new system, Terry received advice from the WEBS team on the technical aspects of the project and how to submit his application.
Dafydd says, “The WEBS team was always on hand to guide us through the application process…providing fantastic support in relation to the layers of information required to make a successful application.”
In keeping with his commitment to green energy Dafydd was keen to source fuel locally, and the wood pellets for the boiler are supplied by Pembrokeshire Bio Energy.
Dafydd adds, “We are happy with the technology and our ability to source fuel locally. It has also bee a talking point for our guests who have shown much interest in the technology.
“Above all, we are extremely happy that the WEBS grant has enabled us to put into practice our commitment to create a business with good green principles at its core.”