Firms paid renewable-heat subsidy

09 Jan 2012

Two companies have become the first in the UK to be paid for renewable heat generation.

The Government said Sheffield-based umbrella manufacture Booth Brothers, and a group of holiday lets at Broadgate Farm Cottage in East Yorkshire will be subsidised under its incentive scheme.

Booth Brothers, which works out of an 18th-century building, keeps its premises warm with a heat pump distributing underfloor energy.

The holiday cottages, in the market town of Beverley, will receive payments for providing heating and warm water via a ground-source heat pump.

The Government scheme is designed to encourage more firms to establish low-pollution heating installations such as heat pumps, photovoltaic panels and biomass boilers.

Broadgate Farm owner Elaine Robinson said: "We don't have mains gas and the price of oil and LPG is very expensive. So, when we decided to develop the holiday cottages, a ground-source heat pump was the most economically attractive in the long term, especially with the renewable heat incentive."

The heat pumps work much like a refrigerator, only in reverse, creating heat from the ground, surrounding air or water.

Copyright Press Association 2012

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