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UK leisure centre powers up biomass system

UK biomass and wood supply company LC Energy is set to provide a leisure centre with locally grown woodchip for its biomass heating system.

Godalming Leisure Centre in Surrey expects the agreement will provide 20% of its annual energy. LC will deliver around 150 tonnes of woodchip over the next five years sourced from an sustainably managed woodland near its plant in Shere.

‘Given the short distance between woodland and boiler, it's our understanding that this project represents one of the most eco-friendly examples of public-sector energy-sourcing in the UK,’ LC MD Mark Lebus was quoted as saying. ‘Wood fuel boilers such as this one in Godalming are a genuinely viable alternative energy source for many organisations.’

Around 1,000 trees will be used during the course of the agreement, with any excess trimmings and woodwaste being sold on to sawmills.