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Tourist town goes green

Scotland, UK-based leisure firm John O’Groats Leisure is set to install a biomass boiler after receiving a £51,808 (€60,525) grant from the Scottish Biomass Heat Scheme.

The company will use the boiler to heat its two properties Caberfeidh Guest House and the Seaview Hotel. It will be located at the guest house but heat will also be transported to the hotel across the road via a pipe inserted under the road.

John O’Groats Leisure is among 15 other businesses to have been awarded a grant from the scheme. The 16 companies have received a total of £1.1 million in an attempt to reduce the nation’s energy costs, as well as guaranteeing employment in the forestry sector and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 7,000 tonnes, the equivalent of taking 3,000 cars off the road.

Commenting on the grant Highlands & Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson said: ‘This is good environmental and economic news. I am glad that John O’Groats has benefitted from the Scottish Government funding. The Scotland-wide scheme is vital in making a viable renewable heat network and a low-carbon economy a reality.’

Energy minister Jim Mather commented: ‘We are working with Forestry Commission Scotland to look at all aspects of supply to maximise the available resource and meet the rising demand for wood fuel.’

In order to increase the amount of biomass sources available for heat generation 100 million trees are due to be planted throughout the country by 2015.