Community funding for local wood fuel projects
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Introduction

At Wey Valley Wood Fuel we are in the process of creating a community based renewable energy co-operative which will use local, sustainably produced wood fuel to heat building complexes such as schools, sports centres and residential care homes whilst offering a fair return to investors.

The co-operative will fund the replacement of fossil fuelled boilers with a sustainable wood fuel alternative. The energy produced will be sold to the heat user at a lower cost than the equivalent price of oil or LPG.  Creating a market for locally produced wood chip will help to bring neglected woodlands back into sustainable production which in turn will help reduce carbon emissions and improve biodiversity.

We are progressing our first major project which is to install 2 x 199kW boilers fuelled by wood chip supplying heat to a residential complex near Alfold, Surrey for retired merchant seamen which is run by a charity called Care Ashore – formerly the Merchant Seamen’s War Memorial Society.  Plans are now at a fairly advanced stage and subject to obtaining the necessary planning permission and reaching final agreement with Care Ashore we hope to launch the share offer for this co-operative in the first half of 2014.

We are now looking for other potential heat projects (particularly those off the gas grid) particularly in West Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire to participate in our co-operative.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive updates or want to know more please contact us.

Updated December 2013