Douglas corporation the first on Island to heat greenhouses with renewable energy technology
Douglas Borough Council has become the first local authority to use renewable energy technology to heat its greenhouses.
The project to replace the oil-fired heating system at the council’s Ballaughton nursery with an air source heat pump, or ASHP unit, also saw Douglas win Most Innovative Project in the public sector category of the 2016 Energy Awards.
The nursery's oil-fired boiler was coming to the end of its life and it was calculated that an ASHP unit would not only reduce the council’s carbon footprint, but would also lead to savings on fuel oil, estimated to be in the region of £12,000 annually from April 2017.
It's also claimed that the electricity for the pump attracts a reduced tariff from MU which will help lessen the impact on the rates.
Council leader David Christian says the project has been a successful partnership between local and central government and the private sector.