From Secret Millionaire to Barking and Dagenham green entrepreneurs

Not much in life is free and with rising energy costs hitting the headlines this week it’s welcome news to see a free scheme for green heating systems.

Two entrepreneurs who met on Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire and discovered a mutual passion for renewable energy have launched a biomass scheme to cut costs of heating for businesses, schools and charities in Barking and Dagenham.

Freetricity is a green business venture led by businessman Paul Williams and entrepreneur and environmentalist Ben Way,

Those wishing to take part can apply for free ‘green’ heating systems which could cut bills in half.

Paul Williams, chief executive officer of Freetricity said: “Over the last year, we have grown to become one of the leading players in the solar energy sector. However, as a business we are always looking to grow and so we have decided to diversify into the biomass energy sector.

“We believe that this is an exciting new area of business for us which offers similar benefits to business owners as our solar energy offer has. Over time, we hope to expand Freetricity further into other renewable sectors.”

The biomass (wood fuelled) boilers are being offered as part of a government backed scheme which will provide commercial biomass boilers for free on a 20 year serviced and maintained basis. The only costs is the wood fuel.

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Freetricity offers other renewable energy solutions including solar panels for homeowners and businesses.

Ben Way, chief technical officer, added: “They are a fantastically efficient method of heat production compared to more traditional fuels such as oil, LPG and natural gas.

“The fact that we can offer the equipment absolutely free makes this a fantastic deal for business owners who want to cut costs and do their bit for the environment.”

Businesses who are interested should apply at