Biomass Boiler in beautiful Old School House brings Welsh Rarebit Centre to Sennybridge
The Background – Lack of heating drove businesses away in winter
The existing ancient log burner and some backup storage heaters simply weren’t enough to heat the Old School House in winter, especially with heat loss from customers constantly letting in cold air when opening or closing doors.
Business tenants had to abandon the building in winter. The trustees were committed to preserving the building as an asset for the village but with irregular rental payments they could never save up enough money to invest in restoration or a new heating system.
The Solution – Klover Diva + – a 25KW Wood Pellet Boiler – Powerful, renewable, automated and efficient.
Having seen the biomass boiler system at Wright’s Food Emporium the trustees called Nick in to find a solution for them. They chose the Klover Diva + which fits neatly into the space of the old log burner. The design blends perfectly into the interior of the attached bakery and all visitors can enjoy the comforting view of a fire burning through the glass window.
The Klover is fully programmable and features sophisticated controls that makes it easy to run and allows the tenants to attend to their business without interruption.
Funding – RHI and Community Loan
An ecologically minded fund for community ventures let the trustees borrow money at a favourable rate.
By switching to renewable heating ‘green’ funds and loans made money available that otherwise would not have been accessible to the trustees. The repayments for the loan come back over a period of time via the governmental Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) Scheme.
The Outcome: Thriving businesses in a hospitable and warm building, adding to the appeal of the village
Now that the building is warm all of the time the community has saved one of its most adorable heritage buildings. With the Welsh Rarebit Centre and the Bakery being open all year round, the village of Sennybridge has gained an appealing tourist attraction that will bring repeat business and put the often overlooked village back on the map.
The business opened on June 21st after further insulation and redecoration had taken place. The freshly baked bread and the menu of the Welsh Rarebit Centre are out of this world, all the more enjoyable in the traditional look of the building.
The Old School, Defynnog, LD3 8SL
Opening times: Wed-Sun 10 am-5pm