CHIPS off old blocks from woodlands near Sheffield are helping to generate new heat for hundreds of homes in Darnall.
New biomass boilers, fuelled by wood chippings, are serving 380 homes on the Greenland estate.
The installation is the third to take place in Sheffield, following Gleadless Valley and Burngreave.
Ted Payne of Stovin, Uttley and Greenland Tenants’ and Residents’ Association said: “The new biomass plant has been really effective so far and it’s nice to know this area is contributing towards improving the environment.”
A local supply company is providing all the wood from more than 7,000 hectares of woodland within 10 miles of Sheffield. There is also the potential to use some of the 4,000 tonnes of waste timber produced annually from woodland activities.
Sheffield Council said biomass is the fuel with the best potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. It is readily available, can be grown locally and quickly and is already providing extra jobs in South Yorkshire and will add to the local economy.
Coun Andrew Sangar, cabinet member for climate change, said: “This is one of the largest biomass conversions in the country and shows our commitment to reducing carbon dioxide in the city. Carbon dioxide is one of the main causes of climate change.”