With final preparations underway ahead of the NI Open Challenge in August, Galgorm Castle Golf Club has just announced its investment in a new 99kw wood pellet modularised heating system, designed by heat engineering company BS Holdings. This revolutionary system will not only significantly reduce the club’s heating costs by 120% but also reduce its co2 admissions by an impressive 74 tonnes of per year – the equivalent to over 1.6 million golf balls.
Galgorm Castle Golf Club made the decision to install a carbon neutral fuel source earlier this year and procured the expertise of BS Holdings. The Antrim based company has been responsible for 50% of all Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) approved installations so far in Northern Ireland, and has helped the club apply for and be accepted into the scheme. The RHI guarantees payments for the next 20 years for the renewable heat generated by the club.
Gary Henry, General Manager at Galgorm Castle Golf Club said: “Having met with BS Holdings and learned more about how a biomass system could massively reduce our heating costs, it was a simple decision. The whole process has been very quick, simple and streamlined. The installation only took one day with next to no disruption for our business or customers. The impact of reduced heating costs will have a massively positive effect on our bottom-line.
“We are also keen to look at ways to protect the beautiful landscapes we have here at the course, and through introducing greener technologies, we are now actively keeping our promise to be more sustainable.”
BS Holdings engaged with their Belfast-based sister company; Sheridan & Hood to redesign and install Galgorm Castle Golf Club’s heating system to enable the introduction of a low temperature hot water system (LTHW) which would replace the gas heating the club had been using.
Brian Hood, Managing Director, BS Holdings comments, “I am delighted to see Galgorm Castle Golf Club leading the way with green energy by taking the decision to install renewable energy in their facilities. By doing so, the club has turned its cost for heating annually into a profit, allowing the savings to be reinvested into the club. We hope that more and more similar businesses and organisations see the immense benefits to be gained by installing a renewable technology such as the biomass system.
Brian adds, “Each system is engineered to meet each individual client’s requirements and is ideally optimised to 99Kw so that the client benefits from the maximum RHI payment of 6.1p per kilowatt hour of renewable heat generated.
“In these times of austerity, business owners are looking down every avenue to help them trim costs in order to prosper and grow. The immediate removal of the heating costs for the business is a simple way of achieving that goal. It also helps the local area and Northern Ireland as a whole reduces its carbon footprint.”
Gary concludes: “With the NI Open fast approaching at the end of August, we look forward to welcoming visitors to our new environmentally friendly club. We hope this will act as an example to other businesses and show that it is simple and cost-effective to go green.”