With sustainable energy at the forefront of public discussion the Scottish Government has declared that it will be giving £1.5 million to seven district heating projects to enable them to make the most of renewable energy.

In recent years district heating schemes across the country have been getting more publicity and are widely recognised as a viable way for local areas to use renewable energy sources.

A warehouse, 200 homes, and a local hotel have become winners after the Scottish Government announced plans to make £1.5 million available to fund seven district heating projects across the country.

The District Heating Loan Fund allows the seven projects to make use of renewable heating by using energy from wood fuel or air source heat pumps. This means that six of the projects can bring heat and comfort to homes in areas that are off the gas grid.

Although the money is to be shared across seven projects there are two projects that will benefit the most from the fund. A total of £400,000 will go to an existing bio-mass scheme that generates 3.5 MW of energy in Pulteneytown. Plans for the money include extensions and improvements enabling around 200 homes and a local hotel to benefit from heating.

A second £400,000 is to go to Dundee to fund an air source heat pump project that will be used in the conversion of a waterfront warehouse. This project has been designed in two phases with the first creating 99 homes and the second seeing the construction of an additional 75 new build properties.

In a recent statement about the District Heating Loan Fund Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said, “District heating is an important means of achieving both carbon emission and fuel poverty targets as well as contributing to the development of a low-carbon economy and local economic regeneration.

“This is only possible because of the on-going work with partners to educate and inform communities and developers about the potentials and benefits district heating can bring.”

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