Tourism and leisure sectors: financial incentives for warmth via woodfuel

Businesses in the tourism and leisure businesses are being encouraged by Forestry Commission Scotland to cosy up to the Renewable Heat Incentive  – and cut costs in providing the heat this climate makes it imperative to offer customers in accommodation, swimming pools and leisure facilities.

Businesses from these sectors across Perthshire are being invited to a free Renewable Heat Incentive seminar on 25th January 2013 to find out how switching to renewable woodfuel heating can help them to cut heating costs and make their business more profitable and sustainable.

The seminar will promote the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) subsidy which provides a guaranteed index linked payment over 20 years for the production of renewable heat, offering businesses the potential to save substantial amounts of money each year – they claim this can amount to tens of thousands of pounds annually.

Cameron Maxwell, Business Development Advisor with Forestry Commission Scotland says: ‘With rising heating costs sucking away budgets, many businesses are now turning to woodfuel as an alternative more sustainable solution to providing low carbon heat.

‘The seminar will show how businesses can make the switch to woodfuel heating and offer the opportunity to both see an existing system in action and talk to existing suppliers of woodfuel boilers and woodfuel in the area.

‘Businesses in both the private and public sector are set to benefit from both the production and use of renewable heat generated from woodland so it makes good business sense to attend the seminar.’

One hotel in the Isle of Arran – the well known Auchrannie House Hotel with a strong focus on supporting activity tourism is said to stand to save £45,000 per year over the 20 year life of the RHI subsidy.

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Seminar is to be held on Tuesday 25th January at Auchterarder Golf Club.

A free event, it is is being organised by Rural Development Initiatives on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland.

For further information and to book please go to the Use Wood Fuel website here or contact  Virginia Harden:

  • by email: virginia.harden@ruraldevelopment.org.uk
  • or by phone: 07919 263 190

There are downsides to woodfuel. Heating needs a lot of it. It needs storage – and any water ingress can make it expand and potentially damage your fuel store.

We are asking some questions about the storage and fuel management needs for industrial sized installations of the sort that a facility like the Auchrannie Hotel would need – and will report back.

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4 Responses to Tourism and leisure sectors: financial incentives for warmth via woodfuel

  1. Unless there is a wood pellet maker on the island it’s environmentally dubious as the fuel is bulky and will require more lorries to bring it across on the ferry than the equivalent in oil. Is there enough forestry and timber processing on Arran to sustain fuel production?

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  2. Am I right in thinking that the new domestic woodpellet stoves, that are being promoted by the renewables sector, require electricity to run them? If so, what happens during a power cut?

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    • I think so, at least there will need to be a pellet feeder and a boiler control unit; not a lot of power needed, so it could be readily driven from a battery for an hour or so until a generator can be started or the power reconnected. No more vulnerable than an oil-fired boiler really.

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  3. I wish the event well , but Argyll does not need to look to Perth for inspiration .
    Already there are a good number of successful wood systems in place here ,at Lochgoilhead or The Putechan for example .
    There is a great opportunity for Argyll businesses with the RHI and woodfuel replacing oil and creating local jobs in the supply chain .

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