A Highland firm has won a contract to deliver renewable heat to public sector buildings
Fort William based HWEnergy will supply wood fuel from sustainable sources and, if required, install wood-burning boilers.
The buildings affected include central government, fire, police, health, local authorities, police, universities and colleges and the third sector.
The Biomass Energy Supply Framework has been developed by the Scottish Government for the supply of renewable heat using Biomass wood fuel.
The contract is expected to save taxpayers up to £8.5 million and will save more than 198,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next four years.
Deputy First Minist Nicola Sturgeon said: “This contract will reduce costs to the public sector saving millions of taxpayers’ money over the next four years.
“It is important for companies like HWEnergy because it support jobs and encourages further growth and investment in Scotland’s renewable energy sector.
“The contract supports the delivery of the ‘A Low Carbon Scotland’ by reducing CO2 output. It will also contribute to the Scottish Government’s target of 11% of total heat demand from renewable energy by 2020.”
This contract will use residues from sustainable forestry as fuel.
Biomass includes plant matter, vegetation and trees, as well as waste biomass such as municipal sewage and animal wastes, and forestry and agricultural residues.
Vegetation-based Biomass replaces fossil fuels in the production of heat and electricity. It is held to be “carbon neutral”, in that the amount of carbon it absorbs while growing is the same as the amount it produces when burned.