Scottish Golf Courses

Muckhart takes green approach

Environmentally conscious club leads way on saving money after signing new energy deal 

MUCKHART is showing clubs across Scotland how they can save thousands of pounds on their energy bills, and replace their old heating system for free using an innovative new green energy deal being pioneered by an Aviemore firm.

The club has replaced its aging oil boiler and electric heating system with two state-of-the-art Austrian biomass boilers, which deliver an estimated 25% saving on current bills, despite costing the club nothing up front.

Aviemore firm Sustainable Living Centre Scotland (SLCS), which specialises in biomass systems for domestic and commercial premises, installed the system and club president Chris Page is delighted with the outcome.

He said: “We were faced with a big problem with a 30-year-old boiler and no spare part availability. The solution offered to us by Sustainable Living Centre Scotland has given us immediate savings on fuel costs with minimal capital outlay and no debt, with a future income stream when the equipment is gifted back to us.

DELIGHTED

“We don’t have to worry about maintenance or supplies, and Sustainable Living Centre Scotland took care of obtaining planning permission and dealing with the application for the RHI scheme.

“Our membership is delighted with what we have done as it will help limit future fee increases. We would be delighted to show our system in action to any
golf club.”

Thomas Solle, Sustainable Living Centre’s director, added: “Biomass boilers are very common in mainland Europe and we are seeing increasing interest here in Scotland. They are a very eco-friendly way to generate heat, and we can source 100% of the wood pellets locally, with good long term sustainable supply.

BENEFIT

“They are also very cost effective. In the UK, biomass schemes benefit from the UK Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive, which pays a guaranteed 20-year tariff for energy generated from wood fuel.”

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