Free Renewable Heat Incentive seminar to help businesses cut costs

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Businesses across Dumfries and Galloway are being invited to a free Renewable Heat Incentive seminar on 29th January 2013 which could help them cut heating costs and make their business more profitable and sustainable by switching to renewable woodfuel heating.

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.

The seminar aims to promote the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) subsidy which provides a guaranteed index linked payment over 20 years for the production of renewable heat.

It will show businesses how they 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.

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

“With most businesses feeling the squeeze and with traditional fuel costs rising, it’s an ideal time to take a closer look at switching to woodfuel .

“Businesses in both the private and public sector are set to profit from both the production and use of renewable heat generated from woodland. The savings can be quite substantial over the life of the RHI subsidy so I would urge businesses to find out more by attending the seminar.”

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Seminar is to be held on Tuesday 29th January at Barony College in Dumfries. 

The free event is being organised by Rural Development Initiatives on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Woodfuel Forum, in association with the South of Scotland Business Competitiveness Project.

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

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