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Question ref. S6W-05904
Asked by: Evelyn Tweed, Stirling, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 28 January 2022

Question

To ask the Scottish Government how much the Forthside green heating network project cost; when work was completed, and what its position is on the impact on Stirling of the project.

Current status: Answered by Patrick Harvie on 7 February 2022


Answer

The Stirling Renewable Heat Demonstration Project cost £5,124,000. The Scottish Government provided £2,005,331 through the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme. The work was completed in August 2019.

The district heating network serves a number of buildings in Stirling, including St. Modan’s High School, Forthbank Stadium and Conference Facilities, the Peak Leisure Centre, the Robertson Trust Barracks Development, Jubilee House (owned by Volunteer Scotland) and Moray House.

The project brings several benefits to Stirling, including:

  • a 10% savings to end users compared to their heating costs using traditional boilers;
  • reduction in associated operational costs, including servicing and boiler replacement;
  • income generation to Stirling Council over 40 years;
  • wider community benefits include local job creation, upskilling and regeneration of the local area.

The Stirling Renewable Heat Demonstration Project has scope for expansion, including to future proposed development at the Public Sector Innovation Hub and Heritage Hub.