Grant support for businesses switching to biomass

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Small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) are being encouraged to take advantage of a new round of funding to help them switch over to woodfuel.

The Scottish Biomass Heat Scheme (SBHS), funded by the Scottish Government, Forestry Commission Scotland and the European Regional Development Fund, has so far awarded funding to 42 projects to install woodfuel boilers in SMEs across Scotland.

Now open for a further round of applications, the Scheme supports projects to install biomass boilers for space, water and process heating.

Owen Watters, for Forestry Commission Scotland, said:

“Installing a biomass boiler instead of a conventional fossil-fuel boiler is a bit more expensive and the Scheme aims to help businesses cover up to 50% of that additional cost. But in the longer term, businesses could really benefit from significant fuel cost savings.

“Woodfuel - in the form of logs, woodchips and pellets - is available as a locally produced, carbon-lean fuel all over Scotland so as well as cost savings, switching to biomass can reduce the carbon footprint of your business whilst also supporting the rural economy.”

The closing date for applications is 12th February 2010.

The scheme is competitive and is open to small and medium-sized businesses that are not eligible for support from the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP).

The Scheme also offers support for small / medium energy companies, property and housing developers that are looking to establish district heating schemes.

Communities and charities should apply for Communities and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES)

Further information and application forms can be found online at which also has contact details of advisors in your area.

Notes to Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate and manages the 665,000 hectare national forest estate.  Climate change is the biggest threat facing the planet and Scottish forestry is playing its part in helping tackle climate change. With trees naturally locking up carbon, they have a significant role in reducing the affects of climate change. The use of wood as a fuel will also help reduce harmful greenhouse emissions and the Commission is working hard to promote woodfuel developments across the country. Forestry Commission Scotland is continuing to protect, manage and expand Scotland’s forests and woodlands in a way which helps in the fight against climate change.

2) Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0131 314 6507