Biomass Heating and PV retrofit

Lead Organisation

Briar Associates


Existing heating boilers at Bradeley Village retirement community in Stoke-on-Trent were reaching the end of their serviceable life. Staffordshire Housing Association sought a replacement solution that would reduce exposure to increasing gas costs and take advantage of support for low carbon heating via the renewable heat incentive (RHI). Due to the daytime electrical base load, the site was also recognised as ideal for roof mounted PV supported by Feed in Tariff (FIT) incentives.

Briar Associates investigated the feasibility, then designed and project managed procurement and installation of a roof mounted PV array and replacement of existing gas boilers with a biomass and efficient gas boiler solution.

What SWM likes

The fact that Briar Associates undertook a wider feasibility study to ensure that, not only the heating boilers were replaced with a much more efficient system, they were able to identify other areas where significant improvement would lead to gains.

Links and contact information

Download the Briar Associates – Biomass Heating & PV retrofit full case study.

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