Log Boiler for Lanarkshire Monitor Farm
Carstairs Mains near Carstairs in Lanarkshire was selected from a strong line-up of applicants to be the area’s first monitor farm, supported by Quality Meat Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Skills Development Scheme.
Andrew Baillie has been running the 650 acre farm for two years with his wife Jen and the couple have two young children. The unit includes 215 acres of grass and 150 acres of woodland along with 200 acres of spring barley, 20 acres of fodder beet, 13 acres of winter wheat and 10 acres of chicory.
The main farm house, office, and holiday let/farm worker’s accommodation were all previously heated by an oil fired boiler. With an early lambing flock in January/February Andrew was also looking to heat the adjoining lambing shed.
Sustainable timber supply and RHI
Rising fuel costs, a good sustainable supply of timber on the farm (150 acres mixed variety) and access to the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) were factors Ecoliving took into account when designing a renewable heating system that would meet all the criteria.
ETA Log Boiler
A 50kW ETA SH log boiler was installed with a 3,000 litre accumulator tank and 2 solar thermal panels mounted on the south facing roof of the boiler room.
Fan Convectors for Lambing Shed
Fan convector heaters were mounted at a high level in the lambing shed to distribute the heat and the existing radiators were used in the house and office.
Funding for Lending Scheme
Mr Baillie secured funding for the £30,000 biomass and solar thermal installation through the Bank of Scotland and the government’s ‘Funding for Lending Scheme’ which meant a 1% reduction in the interest rate.
The installation qualifies for the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive and offers a rewarding return paid quarterly over 20 years.
With a heat demand of almost 50,000 kWh/year the anticipated RHI payments amount to £4,255 a year and in excess of £85,000 over 20 years!