The Scottish government has allocated a £1.8M grant to fund Ross Developments and Renewables for creation of Scotland’s first deep geothermal district heating network at the Halo Kilmarnock development.
Heat for the network will come from a 2km deep single well developed by Geon Energy, a joint venture between Arup and Geothermal Engineering, and be used to generate sustainable heat for the redevelopment of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant site.
“The use of geothermal energy represents a step change in producing low cost heat in a sustainable way,” said Geon Energy director Ryan Law. “It’s tremendously exciting that Scotland is leading the way on this innovative approach to energy production.”
The Halo redevelopment includes social rental and key worker residential units, an innovation centre and leisure facilities.
“We are delighted have the support and financial backing from the Scottish government through the government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Programme and the European Regional Development Fund for Scotland’s first deep geothermal district heating network which we are installing at the Halo Kilmarnock,” said Ross Developments and Renewables CEO Ken Ross.