Friday, 4 December 2009

Gibson urges loan consideration

News release
Immediate release

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has called on landlords, small to medium sized enterprises, Not for profit organizations and charities to make the most of the Scottish Governments energy saving loans

These organisations are eligible for a 0% interest loan of between £1,000 and £100,000 to install renewable energy technologies or measures that reduce energy consumption.

The loan funded by the Scottish Government is available for (among other things*) high efficacy heating, biomass systems as well as renewable features such as, wind hydro and solar panels.

Mr Gibson said...

"This a great deal which is definitely worth investigating. It is a chance to become more energy efficient and save money."

"Increased Energy efficacy is a win win situation. I would encourage SMEs, charities, not for profit organsiation and landlords to look seriously at this loan. It offers a way in which to improve their property as well as lessen energy usage and carbon emissions."

"In the climate change era being more energy independent is going to become more important. This loan is a way of achieving that energy independence."


Contact Energy saving Scotland advice centre for more information
0800 512 012

Link to website with more information.

*List of energy devices which can be used and improvements which can be made:
In the past, this loan scheme has supported the installation of:
• Improved lighting and controls.
• Compressed air fittings.
• Boiler/heating controls.
• Heat recovery.
• High efficiency electric motors.
• Building and pipe work insulation.
• Biomass systems.
• Ground source heat pumps.
• High efficiency heating.
• New plant/machinery.
Solar photovoltaic.
• Hydro-electric.
• Wind.
• Solar water heating.
• Solar space heating.
• Wood fuel heating systems
(boilers and room heaters/stoves).
• Heat pumps (ground, air and water source).
• Biomass heating systems.

The list is not exhaustive and other energy saving or renewable technologies may be considered. However please be aware that any electricity-generating renewable system, which the energy review suggests will result in the site becoming a net exporter of electricity over the course of a year, is not eligible for a loan.

Who can apply:
The scheme is aimed at Scottish businesses that fall within the EC definition of Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME), private sector landlords, not-for-profit organisations and charities.

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