North West Wales

Snowdonia youth hostel wins £25k international boiler prize

YHA Pen-y-Pass
Image caption The Pen-y-Pass hostel will reopen in March 2014

A youth hostel in Snowdonia has won £25,000 in an international competition for its new biomass boiler.

The £167,000 boiler which will be run on wood pellets is being installed as part of a £1.3m refurbishment.

Projects in 15 countries were shortlisted for the Hostelling International (HI) Sustainability prize money, with Pen-y-Pass in Gwynedd winning 40% of the 18,000 vote.

The hostel is closed and will reopen next Easter after the refurbishment.

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Caroline White, the chief executive of Youth Hostel Association (YHA) in England and Wales, said everyone was "over-the-moon" about the competition win.

"The hostel, high up in the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park, means so much to thousands of people who explore the area each year," she said.

"The grant will ensure we can make the experience we offer at the site even better through innovative sustainability."

Once complete, the hostel will have 27 bedrooms providing accommodation for 111 people, a restaurant and education facilities.

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