The Support Scheme for Renewable Heat is a government funded initiative designed to increase the energy generated from renewable sources in the heat sector. The scheme is open to commercial, industrial, agricultural, district heating, public sector and other non-domestic heat users.
Teagasc horticulture development department in association with Farm Energy Centre (FEC) in the UK, Ebtech and WoodCO recently held a seminar ‘Transforming your business with renewable heat’ at Teagasc Ashtown. This one-day event set about demonstrating how biomass can benefit the horticultural industry and provide delegates with knowledge and experience gained by working within the RHI scheme of England, Scotland and Wales. The event was aimed at the horticulture industry and included a visit to a local grower, Kilmoon nurseries who by kind permission gave us a practical insight to biomass use during a site visit.
While the scheme has not opened yet for biomass applications, it is expected to do so before the end of the year. The scheme will provide ongoing operational support on a tiered basis to adopters of the renewable heat source. Seminar proceedings are available at: www.teagasc.ie/publications. ✽