Hopton Hall


Address/venue name: Hopton Hall
Building type: Country estate with five holiday cottages and an estate manager’s house
Green Technology: 192kW wood pellet fuelled biomass heating system contained within an agricultural building on the estate.The system also comprises of a18 tonnes of pellet storage, a 3,000 litre accumulator tank and 60kW oil back up boiler.

The system is fully automated and provides heating to the Hall’s various properties via a district heating system utilising approximately 400 metres of underground pre-insulated pipe work

Venue details

Name of owners: Bill and Julie Thomas
Who installed green technology: Purple Energy (www.purpleenergy.co.uk)
Why they did it: When Bill and Julie moved to Hopton Hall, they realised that oil and electric storage heaters were the wrong sort of fuel to be using on such a big house, so investing in a green energy system seemed to be the most important investment that they could make
  • A significantly reduced carbon footprint
  • Lower fuel costs
  • Financial payback through the Government-funded Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/increasing-the-use-of-low-carbon-technologies/supporting-pages/renewable-heat-incentive-rhi)
Advice to someone considering doing the same: “We’d recommend alternative technologies to anyone looking to reduce their fuel costs through a long-term investment – not to mention the reduction in the property’s carbon footprint. The company that we worked with, Purple Energy, didn’t have a vested interest in any one technology and spent a lot of time work out the best type of renewable technology for Hopton. They have done a great job designing and installing the system”