Summer 2013


Solar PV Panels, Solar iBoost and Log Gasification Boiler

Project Details:

We were contacted by our customer in Ramsey who had a plentiful supply of wood which they wanted to utilise for heating their family home and annex.

Roly visited the customer and discovered that they were using two LPG boilers to heat both buildings which was both expensive and not environmentally friendly. After carrying out a site survey, Roly went through the different options with the customers.

The preferred option to heat the family home and annex was to install a Log Gasification Boiler in the customer’s garage which allowed them to make use of their own wood. Log gasification boilers extract almost all the energy available from the gases produced during the wood burning process, and can achieve 90% efficiency and internal temperatures as high as 1200°C. We combined the boiler with a thermal store, which is a way of storing the energy until it is needed.

Alongside the Log Gasification Boiler installation, we installed Solar PV panels on the roof of the annex which was South facing. We also installed a solar iBoost immersion heater controller to use excess electricity generated to heat water for free. The intelligent wireless system adjusts its power control with the varying household consumption ensuring only excess PV power is being diverted to heat the customer’s hot water.

Following the install, Roly helped the customer complete the application form for the Government Scheme – the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) which will reward them financially for the electricity they generate and for electricity exported to the grid. Roly also helped with the application process for the Renewable Heat Incentive which is a tax-free, index linked quarterly payment to owners of MCS approved renewable energy heating and hot water systems.

The customer should be bill free within 6 years!


We have been delighted by all aspects of the biomass and solar installation by Eco Installer.

We needed to work with an MCS accredited firm and Eco Installer were the only one to listen to our requirements and design a solution to meet our needs.

The installation went very smoothly. Sam and his team were a delight to have in the house.

Post installation Sam has been really helpful in explaining how to use the biomass boiler most efficiently, visiting us a number of times to ensure we are happy with the system. Roly was very helpful with the applications for FIT and RHI schemes.

We definitely recommend Eco Installer and would use them again for future projects.