Heat-pumps and district-heating schemes included in £2.6 million ‘winter warmer’ boost for low-carbon heating projects

Twelve projects aimed at creating Scottish green energy solutions are to share a £2.6 million government funding boost for low-carbon heating systems.

Projects in Glencoe, Callander, St Andrews and Aviemore are among those which will benefit from the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme.

They include energy-efficient homes for pensioners in North Lanarkshire and a low-carbon heating system at the Ayr campus of the University of West of Scotland.

Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse, MSP said the projects would provide many consumers, including in some of Scotland’s most remote areas, with “an alternative, greener and potentially cheaper energy source”.

Ten projects received a total of £550,000 of transition programme development support to produce business cases, which will be matched by at least £550,000 from project partners.

Two projects received capital support of £1.95 million, match-funded by the Scot-Govt’s District Heating Loan Fund.

Wheelhouse added: “”We have also set our sights on eradicating fuel poverty – which is an unacceptable blight on too many households in Scotland – as energy prices have risen steadily, at a time when wages have been depressed due to a weak UK economy and austerity.

“These challenges drive our ambition for innovative local energy projects such as these, which will provide many consumers, including in some of Scotland’s most remote areas, with an alternative, greener, and potentially cheaper energy source.”

List of projects and recipients:


Project Lead applicant Project Location Total cost of Development Stage LCITP support request Funding % of total costs
Macdonald Aviemore Resort – Multi-well Geothermal


Ross Developments & Renewables Ltd MacDonald Resort


£191,250 £95,625 50
Glencoe Village Energy Project


Highland Council Glencoe £134,004 £49,987 37
Callander Local Energy Opportunity


Stirling Council Callander £203,250 £100,000 49.2
UWS Ayr Campus – Low Carbon Heat Provision


University of West Scotland Ayr £30,000 £15,000 50
Low carbon heat at Orkney Research and Innovation Campus (ORIC)


Highlands and Islands Enterprise Orkney Campus (Stromness) £20,000 £10,000 50
Low Carbon Community, Commercial and University flexible network


University of St. Andrews St Andrews University – Eden Campus at Guardbridge £215,000 £100,000 46
Millerhill Low Carbon District Heating Project


Midlothian Council Millerhill, Edinburgh £100,000 £50,000 50
Westfield Ground Source Heat Pump Pilot Project


West Lothian Council Westfield, Edinburgh £40,000 £20,000 50
Housing for Older People – Energy Efficient Homes


North Lanarkshire Council Airdrie, Wishaw, Kilsyth £50,000 £25,000 50
FISOGG (The Fyne Solution for off Gas Grid)


Fyne Homes Argyll and Bute £170,000 £85,000 50
Halo Kilmarnock Project


Ross Developments & Renewables Ltd Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire £3,652,000 £1,826,000 50
Fintry Ground Source Community Heating


Fintry Renewable Energy Distribution Fintry, Stirlingshire £298,592 £149,296 50


4 Dec 2017

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