NEWHeat was a business support programme funded by One NorthEast which gave free, independent and expert advice on whether biomass could be used to provide heat or electricity.

The project supported more than 300 businesses across the North East, and also organised the UK’s first woodfuel expo, Ignition09, which was attended by more than 800 attendees from across the UK and served to showcase the great strides that are being made in the North East.

Ongoing handholding support to businesses continued from March 2009 to September 2009 to assist businesses beyond the initial feasibility study stage. The RETScreen renewable energy software package was used in all the in-depth feasibility studies.