Tourism and leisure businesses invited to clue-up on Renewable Heat Incentive and cut costs

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Tourism and leisure businesses 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 tens of thousands of pounds every year.

Cameron Maxwell, Business Development Advisor with Forestry Commission Scotland said:

"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. One hotel in the Perthshire area (Auchrannie House Hotel, Arran) stands to save £45,000 per year over the 20 year life of the RHI subsidy.

"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.”

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

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

For further information and to book please go to and click on News, Events and Woodfuel Forums, alternatively contact or (07919 263 190)

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3. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 651,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde.

4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office on 0131 314 6507.


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