First ‘Scotch’ geo-thermal energy project in 20 years to be built at former Ayrshire whisky factory

Schematic of a geo-thermal project
Schematic of a geo-thermal project

The first geo-thermal energy scheme in Scotland for nearly 20 years is to be built on the site of a former Johnnie Walker whisky bottling factory in Kilmarnock.

The HALO regeneration scheme will receive £1.8 million from the European Regional Development Fund-backed Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme for a new geothermal heating system.

It will provide low cost, renewable energy for new affordable homes and business units being developed on the site. There are two more geothermal plants in Scotland.

The Scottish Government is investing a further £3.5 million in redeveloping the site, which has been donated by the plant’s former owner Diageo.

Scottish Industry Minister Keith Brown, MSP, said: “As a responsible, progressive nation, Scotland must continue to demonstrate strong leadership on climate change.

“That is why I’m pleased that we are supporting our first new geothermal heating system in almost two decades, allowing local residents to access low carbon energy at an affordable price.”

4 Sept 2017

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