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Renewable firm wins award for big project

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

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RENEWABLE energy specialist Lenwood has won the Heating and Ventilation News national award for Retrofit Project of the Year – Private. The industry award was presented for the installation of renewable energy systems at a four-bedroom property in Lee Bay.

"We're a family business and this recognises how we can use various technologies to help customers save money," said Chris Lenehan, who runs the business with wife Kerrie.

Lenwood installed a system based on an air source heat pump for primary heating and hot water. Thermal tubes also produce free hot water to help with the hot water demand. The running cost of the electricity for the system is subsidised by using photovoltaic panels. Intelligent controls supplied by Viessmann enable the system to monitor the energy produced by the solar PV and use the free energy where it needs it.

Chris selected Viessmann's products as they work intelligently with solar PV, solar thermal and heat pumps.

The system is projected to save some £3,100 per year, from saved electricity, lower oil bills and revenue from feed-in tariffs. Additional savings from the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive could be worth up to £1,000 per year for the heat pump and £400 for the solar thermal system.

Chris had to present the case study to industry experts, who judged the awards at the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Lenwood has completed more than 300 installations across the UK and specialises in domestic and light commercial energy saving and renewables. It uses only its own staff from initial design through implementation and for ongoing support.

Chris added that Lenwood aims to give impartial energy saving advice to homes and businesses.

He said: "We make sure we're doing the right thing and do what we say we're doing."

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