A ‘brite’ idea for fuelling your farm

A locally produced sustainable fuel is becoming a popular choice for farmers throughout Northern Ireland. brites are a premium quality wood pellet fuel manufactured in Co. Fermanagh by Balcas using renewable energy and are helping farm businesses to significantly reduce their annual energy costs and be more environmentally friendly.
brites are already a popular fuel choice for farmers involved in mushroom production and poultry farming, as they can adequately meet all of a farm’s hot water and heating requirements. This interest is expected to continually rise over the next year as more farmers learn more about how the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in Northern Ireland can help their business. The RHI is a government scheme which involves providing payments for the next 20 years, based on the amount of renewable energy generated on the farm. This in turn significantly reduces payback time on the initial investment made into the renewable appliance.
Paula Keelagher, brites Market Development Manager comments: “In recent months we have received a number of enquiries from farmers who want to reduce their fuel overheads and carbon footprint, and brites offer a great alternative fuel solution to meet those challenges. Many farmers are aware of the RHI, but are uncertain on how the scheme can benefit them over the next 20 years.”
In an effort to educate farmers on the benefits of switching to wood pellet fuel like brites, the company has paired up with the College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) to offer Heat from Biomass and the RHI training sessions for farmers throughout Northern Ireland on Thursday 8th and Tuesday 20th August 2013 at Balcas in Enniskillen.
“More and more farmers are researching the RHI – particularly in sectors like mushroom production and poultry which require an input of heat,” explains Cathal Ellis, Renewable Energy Technologist at CAFRE. “Many farmers are eager to reduce their energy costs by adopting a biomass fuel, but a lack of understanding of the technology and the RHI scheme is a major obstacle to encouraging greener fuel adoption in industry, so CAFRE and brites are working together to promote understanding and present a forum for farmers to have their questions answered.”
Paula adds, “From providing heating for farmhouses in addition to poultry and mushroom production units, to using to heat water for washing the milking plant in dairy units, brites are a practical and innovative fuel choice for farms. What’s more, farmers also get genuine security of supply from using brites as our fuel is guaranteed for the lifetime of their installation. Our experienced team provides a complete one stop solution by providing guidance from the installation stage right through to optimising efficiency and the fuelling of the boiler. We hope that these workshops will help farmers to realise the true potential in switching to locally produced brites and taking advantage of the RHI.”
If you are interested in discovering how your farm could benefit from the Renewable Heat Incentive by switching to brites wood pellet fuel, contact Cathal Ellis at CAFRE to register your interest in attending the 10.30am or 2.30pm sessions on either 8th or 20th August 2013 on 028 9442 6793 or email Cathal.ellis@dardni.gov.uk.
Cathal Ellis, Nigel Moore, Paula Keelagher