A new renewable energy training centre has opened its doors in the region.
National biomass boiler distribution firm IXUS Energy has launched its new £50,000 venture in Northumberland.
The centre will train up to 400 students a year on boiler types, fuel storage, combustion and also site surveys.
IXUS Energy’s biomass specialist, Mike Bleakley, said: “Tens of thousands of biomass boiler installations are expected over the next few years as a result of the Government’s domestic RHI which will be introduced in April 2014.
“We already have installation partners across the country but we want to build on this – there’s huge opportunity. As well as first-class training and impressive facilities our installers will benefit from national marketing and an attractive discount structure.
“We’re eager to develop relationships with all installers from those already experienced in biomass to those who are established in other technologies such as solar or LPG.”