250 People See New Heating System At Open Day
250 people from Pulteneytown and other parts of Wick attended the open
day to find out if they could benefit once the new wood chip heating
system is in place later this year. With gas and electricity
prices about to be increased by 22% there was no doubting the potential
savings that users of the new system could make once it is installed.
Council house tenants will have the system installed free by the
Highland council. House owners can have the system installed by
purchasing the equipment. Most folk agreed that they would all
save money on the system once installed.
18 February 2006
CAITHNESS HEAT and POWER
Installation work for the Community Heating scheme in Pulteneytown is
due to start in the next few weeks.
To let the public know what this
means for them Caithness Heat & Power (CHaP) is holding an open day at
South Primary School on Saturday 18th February. This is an
opportunity to ask questions about the system. It will run from
11.00am to 5.00pm
Everyone from Pulteneytown is
invited to drop in anytime during the day. Representatives from CHaP,
the Council and the contractors installing the under road pipe network
and the heating systems within the houses will be available to answer
questions. The house fittings can be seen at the PPP flats in Murchison
To recognise interest in the
scheme CHaP will have two free draws, one for the tenants who answered
our initial questionnaire last year and one for those who have had their
houses surveyed. The prize in each section is £100.00.
The project is the first of its
type in Scotland and Chap are proud to have brought the idea to an area
of Caithness where ever rising fuel prices are a real issue. The people
of Pultenytown have a chance to take part in an exciting development
which should save them money and contribute to a reduction of fossil
fuel carbon emissions.
CHaP is an award winning not
for profit community owned company formed in December 2004. It
comprises Inverhouse distillers, who operate Pulteney Distillery,
Pulteney Peoples Project and the Highland Council. The respective
directors are Graham McWilliams, David Dunnett and Graeme Smith.
When this project is up and
running it is hoped to install similar “renewable energy” schemes
The distillery presently burns
750,000 of expensive heavy fuel oil annually. Much of the heat is
presently wasted. This burn will be replaced with 30,000 tonnes of
virtually CO2 neutral wood chip. The distilleries waste heat will be
re-used to heat local homes in an area of high fuel poverty.
It is hoped that as much wood
chip as is economically possible will be sourced within the north
Fuel Poverty is defined as a
household in which more than 10% of income is spent on fuel.
This first phase of the project
has been funded mainly through £1.54 million from the Community Energy
Programme and Energy Saving Trust plus £1.6 million from the Highland
Council Housing Departments “warm and dry” annual funding for the
We hope to link 500 houses to
the distillery during the first phase.
For phase two we intend to
install an enhanced boiler which will burn fuel even more efficiently
and allow CHaP to sell the excess heat as green electricity to the
grid. We will also expand the system to take in 1,000 customers,
domestic, commercial and local government.