Heat generated by renewable sources in Scotland is up by 17% says Energy Saving Trust

Research by the Energy Saving Trust on behalf of the Scottish Government has showed that the amount of heat generated by renewable sources in Scotland grew by 17% during 2013.

The data revealed that the amount of heat generated from renewable technologies grew to 2,904GWh in 2013 compared to 2,481GWh in 2012. Energy Saving Trust’s figures are used to measure progress towards the Scottish Government’s target of 11% of non-electrical heat demand in Scotland coming from renewable sources by 2020.

The renewable heating technologies covered by the Energy Saving Trust in the analysis include biomass, energy from waste, heat pumps (ground source and air source) and solar thermal. The majority of these technologies are covered by the recently launched domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and the recently extended Home Energy Scotland renewables loan scheme.

The Home Energy Scotland renewables loan scheme provides interest free loans up to £10,000 from Scottish Government which help Scottish homeowners pay for the up-front cost of the installation. The renewable and low carbon heat technologies covered by the loan scheme include solar water heating, air source, ground source and water source heat pumps, biomass systems and connection to district heating.The domestic RHI provides payments to owners of eligible renewable heating systems for a range of renewable heating technologies and can be combined with a Home Energy Scotland renewables loan.

Mike Thornton, Director of Energy Saving Trust Scotland, said: “These latest figures show that Scotland is very much on track to reach its renewable heat targets. The recent launch of the RHI and continuation of the Home Energy Scotland renewables loans scheme make a compelling package of incentives and grants for households in Scotland that are interested in installing renewable heat technologies. We expect household take-up of renewable heat to increase further in 2014 as there are big savings to be made.

In order to take advantage of both the RHI and the Home Energy Scotland renewables loan scheme you will be required to have a minimum level of energy efficiency measures in place in your home and will need to have a Green Deal Assessment carried out on your property. SBS can help you through this process, please call 0800 688 8388 for more information or email helpline@tpsbs.co.uk.

This article has been adapted from an article published by ClickGreen.