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21 May 2009 09:05:05

Funding awarded under Scottish Biomass Heat Scheme

Funding awarded under Scottish Biomass Heat Scheme
A range of schemes to install biomass heating systems in businesses across Scotland have received funding from the Scottish government.

In total, £1.6 million of funding was shared around 26 different renewable heating projects as part of the Scottish Biomass Heat Scheme (SBHS).

Announcing the news, energy minister Jim Mather also revealed that extra funding has been made available for new applicants.

Following the success of the scheme so far, an extra £1.3 million of funding from Europe has now been allocated to the SBHS, bringing the total to £3.3 million since it was launched.

Mr Mather said: "Almost half of the energy used in Scotland goes towards heating and hot water."

Biomass heating provides a huge opportunity to organisations in the country, which is rich in forestry resources and skills, the minister claimed.

"Business can reduce emissions and potentially cut costs, while creating new green jobs and supporting rural economies."

According to Scotland's Forestry Commission, businesses should use woodfuel because it is not only sustainable, but also creates more local jobs than any other source of renewable energy.

The closing date for applications for the new round of SBHS funding is September 4th, 2009.



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