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Umbrella company and holiday cottages are first two successful applicants to low carbon heating incentive
Umbrella supplier Booth Brothers in Sheffield entered the history books today by becoming one of the first places in the UK to get the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive.
Its offices, housed in an 18th century former corn mill in Penistone, will be kept warm through an underfloor heating system powered by a renewable energy heat pump.
The second installation to be accredited is at a set of holiday cottages in East Yorkshire. A ground source heat pump will provide heat and hot water to five holiday lets at Broadgate Farm Cottages in Beverley.
The £860m Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was launched last year to make it more financially attractive for industry and businesses to install low carbon heating systems like heat pumps, biomass boilers or solar thermal panels.
The RHI is expected to increase the number of installations in industry, the commercial and public sector by seven times to around 126,000 and support the thousands of existing jobs in the heating sector.
Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said:
“It’s fantastic news that the Renewable Heat Incentive has received its first two successful applicants, and this is just the start.
“Renewable heat is a largely untapped resource and an important new green industry of the future. It’ll help the UK shift away from fossil fuel, reducing carbon emissions and encouraging innovation, jobs and growth in new advanced technologies.”
Chief Executive of Booth Brothers, Charles Booth said:
“Being amongst the first installations to be accredited under the Renewable Heat Incentive is very satisfying for Booth Brothers in terms of developing our strategic target of carbon neutral for our Bullhouse Mill site and eco-umbrella factory. Last year our Old Corn Mill offices were commended for their eco rating and we generate electricity from two wind turbines, solar panels and hydro generation so making the heat we use low carbon was naturally the next step.”
Owner of Broadgate Farm Cottages, Elaine Robinson said:
“We don’t have mains gas and the price of oil and LPG is very expensive so when we decided to develop the holiday cottages a ground source heat pump was the most economically attractive in the long term, especially with the Renewable Heat Incentive. This is the first of our applications to be approved.”
Currently around half of the UK’s carbon emissions come from the energy used to produce heat – more than from generating electricity. The RHI will reduce emissions by 44 million tonnes of carbon to 2020, equivalent to the annual carbon emitted by 20 typical new gas power stations.
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More than 50 business leaders from the area attended an event on Wednesday, organised by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, which brought together the council and business to discuss the state of the local economy and the initiatives that are in place to meet current challenges and stimulate jobs and investment.
The event reflected the on-going commitment of the council and business to work together for the benefit of the East Riding and wider region.
Despite the difficult economic climate, initiatives are in place to secure positive outcomes from investment and funding opportunities, particularly through the work of the recently formed and business led Local Enterprise Partnership and its North Bank sub-group. An ambitious bid, encouraged by the Government, has been lodged to create an Enterprise Zone to address the consequences of the large scale redundancies announced at BAE Systems Brough.
Opportunities for the region to become a leading player in the renewable energy sector were also discussed, with everyone pulling together to try and secure a huge investment from Siemens.
For its part, the council has always regarded support and encouragement for local business as a key priority.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of the council, said: “This was a very worthwhile event and one that reinvigorates the commitment of the council and business to work together in the interests of the East Riding.
“The council has a significant role to play, notable through its building investment programme which supports local business as well as providing much needed improvements to the East Riding’s infrastructure.
“I am delighted that, despite the downturn and reduced funding from Government, we are able to support a programme this year of £83 million and one of £318 million over the next four years. This is in addition to the very high levels of investment achieved in recent years.
“The £48 million programme to build 330 new council homes, now nearing completion, has been a great example of a project that has benefited the local construction industry and related enterprises and also supported apprenticeship employment.”Hu17.net - It's all about Beverley
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