The use of renewable fuels to provide heat in Scotland continues to rise according to the latest figures published by the Energy Saving Trust. It was calculated that heat generation using renewable sources of energy increased by around 17% in the year 2013, which was fuelled by the uptake of incentives and grants. This increase is stepping stone on the way to achieving the Scotland Government’s target of 11% of heat demand (not including that from electricity) from renewable sources of energy by the year 2020, and contributing the UK Government’s target of 12% by 2020.
The synopsis of Scotland’s renewable heat generation by the Energy Saving Trust includes technologies of biomass, energy from waste, heat pumps (ground source and air source) and solar thermal. Biomass only boilers and biomass pellet stoves, whilst wood-fuelled stoves nad boilers eligible under the Home Energy Scotland renewables loan scheme.
The Director of Energy Saving Trust Scotland, Mike Thornton, commented:
“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.
“Installing a renewable heat technology in an off-gas property in Scotland and claiming RHI could generate savings and income anywhere between £1,500 and £4,000 a year.”
The Scottish Government’s Minister for Energy, Fergus Ewing, added:
“We are committed in helping support households and business across Scotland to reduce their need for heat, use efficient heat supply and low carbon and renewable heat sources. Only last week I provided an update to the Scottish Parliament on renewable heat action in line with our draft Heat Generation Policy Statement (HGPS). We have set out our approach to decarbonising our heat system, diversifying our sources of heat, reducing pressure on household energy bills and maximising the economic opportunities of the transition to a low carbon heat sector.
“Scotland is an energy rich nation where heat accounts for over half of all energy we use, with an estimated £2.6 billion a year being spent on heating and cooling in Scotland.
“We need a heat system that can provide affordable warmth and resilient heat supply, with a competitive business and industry base, which addresses climate change, and offers potential for the low carbon economic opportunities supporting sustainable economic growth.”
The domestic RHI, which opened in April 2014, is a UK Government scheme which can be received in conjunction with a Home Energy Scotland renewables loan, and for owners of eligible renewable heating technologies provides a payment for each kWh generated.
The Home Energy Scotland renewables loan scheme allows Scottish homeowners the opportunity to receive interest free loans up to £10,000 to pay for up-front costs of installation. The technologies included in the loan scheme include solar water heating, air source, ground source and water source heat pumps, biomass systems and connection to district heating.