Interested in seeing solar panels and other renewable technology at work? Whitmuir the Organic Place, West Linton, is issuing a warm invitation to anyone interested in renewable energy this St Andrews Day. Owners Pete Ritchie and Heather Anderson are hosting a free event in association with the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre, showcasing renewable technologies at Whitmuir Farm, Lamancha, 10:00am to 1:00pm on Friday 30 November. The business includes a farm shop, restaurant and butchery, and also hosts a community bakery and art gallery.
Pete and Heather have installed a range of energy-saving measures, with more planned. They benefit from cheaper electricity and plentiful hot water thanks to solar panels and solar water heating, installed with an interest-free loan from the Energy Saving Trust. "Our buildings were warm thanks to sheep's wool insulation but our electricity bill was through the roof," says Pete. "Since the photovoltaic panels and the new water heating have been put in, the bills have fallen, we're earning an income from the power we're generating and we have hot water all day long. Keep in mind, we spend six hours a day washing dishes! I would definitely recommend renewables. I think it's bonkers that so few people have installed them so far."
As well as having the chance to speak to Pete and Heather about their energy-saving measures and experiences, people who drop in on the morning of 30 November can speak to a renewable systems installer and to Roddy Hamilton, a renewables specialist advisor from the South East advice centre, based at Changeworks in Edinburgh. Roddy encourages anyone thinking about installing renewable energy-saving or energy-generating measures at home or in their business to come along. "You will find out all about renewable energy, the money you can save, the income you can earn and the funding available," Roddy explains. "Whether you are interested in solar panels, wind turbines, biomass boilers, heat pumps, insulation or just cutting your electricity bills, please do come along. The restaurant menu will feature Whitmuir's own home-made haggis, especially for St Andrews Day, if you plan to stay on for lunch. Visit Whitmuir the Organic Place.