Bryn Tanat Hall - energy efficiency loan

The Energy Efficiency Loan Fund helped Bryn Tanat Hall install a new biomass boiler and solar photovoltaic (PV) array.

Bryn Tanat Hall country house

Bryn Tanat Hall is a large self-catering country house located just outside Llansantffraid, in Powys. The Martin family have owned the hall since 1967 and have always understood the considerable cost involved in operating such a large estate.

Mr and Mrs Martin of Bryn Tanat Hall first approached the Carbon Trust in 2012, seeking support to replace their three old, inefficient old boilers which had reached natural end-of-life. The family were eager to switch to a low-carbon alternative and having looked at all options, decided on a biomass boiler system.

The wood pellet biomass boiler links the heat exchangers to existing hot water and heating systems to provide heat and hot water requirements to the main house, laundry, games room and spa. The boiler was fitted in a wood clad shipping container in Douglas Fir (see above), with provision to extend the system in the future with underground pipework. The total cost of the biomass and upgrade to the existing system was in excess of £80,000 and was supported by the Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme.

The Carbon Trust interest-free loan covered over 75% of the project cost, with the full amount repaid within four years. Following the success of this project, Bryn Tanat Hall installed a 29kW mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) array in March 2019. The solar PV array will contribute towards the electrical demand during the day, as well as generating hot-water through the use of intelligent immersions.

We are pleased that we have had the opportunity to ask the Carbon Trust for their support for our energy efficiency schemes

Peter Martin, Bryn Tanat Hall