Fintry Development Trust (FDT), a local charity specialising in reducing carbon emissions and enhancing sustainability, has completed and launched a ground-breaking renewable energy project at Balgair Castle Holiday Park on Friday 14th August 2015. The £600,000 project was supported by Npower, Stirling Council and Scottish Government, and consists of a fully designed and installed biomass district heating system, supplying 26 residential homes and the holiday park’s bar & bistro with heating and hot water. The community will benefit in reduced annual carbon emissions by 112 tonnes and 20% reduction in heating costs.
The biomass district heating system includes a woodchip-fuelled boiler with network of underground pipes and provides a cost-effective and environment-friendly space heating and hot water solution.
Sandra Burke, Park Manager at Balgair Castle Holiday Park said: “The residents are our top priority and I am positive this heating system will add great value to the park’s sustainability and customer satisfaction. The system is more energy efficient and provides a superior quality of heating than previous individual heating systems. In addition, more affordable heating will improve health and welfare long-term.”
Matthew Black, Senior Energy Adviser at FDT commented: “This prestigious project will benefit the community as the income from heat sales and the Renewable Heat Incentive is directed to Fintry Development Trust to be redistributed within the local community for further environmental and socially sustainable projects. As the result the local community is strengthened socially, economically and environmentally.
The project can be easily replicated in other rural communities throughout the UK.”
Following the official launch with a presentation, networking and photo opportunities, Ken Brady, Programme Manager District Heating at Energy Saving Trust said:
“We work closely with Scottish government and manage various loan schemes and grants for energy-related projects for carbon reduction and affordable warmth. Great to see a good turn out today – the community is backing it up one hundred per cent. The e-meters installed in residents’ homes make the project more tangible for them and encourage to be more energy efficient. This project has brought together a few agencies who formed strong synergy. I am pleased with this project and we will see bills reduced for many years to come.”
Balgair Castle Holiday Park is one of the five holiday parks in Scotland owned by the Wood family. Purchased in 2010, Balgair Castle Holiday Park has gone through extensive ground and structural upgrading throughout and received a 4-star grading from Visit Scotland together with a Certificate of Excellence 2015 on TripAdvisor. Nestled between the Campsie and Fintry hills, the park stretches over 27 acres and comprises 115 caravan pitches with holiday homes for sale and hire along with 80 touring and tenting pitches. The park has a strong focus on environment protection and sustainability, and uses eco-friendly cleaning and maintenance products, ground-source heat pumps for the outdoor swimming pool, LED lights, recycling stations and zero-emission machinery where possible. The park has consideration of wildlife habitats with the emphasis on protection of its natural environment and river Endrick in conjunction with SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency).