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In the case of Garioch District Heat, the heat will be the surplus residual heat from the proposed Energy from Waste Plant to be built on the site of the former paper mill near Inverurie. The heat is to be ‘gifted’ to the local community by the plant developer Agile Energy Recovery (Inverurie) Ltd.

The heat will be supplied via a network of underground pipes delivering hot water to domestic, commercial and public sector properties. Each building supplied will have a heat exchanger in place of the current system-commonly a gas fired combi boiler.

Heat usage would be monitored and paid for in the same way as any other utility. The price of heat will be set by the community-owned not-for-profit company operating as Garioch District Heat.

In addition to running costs, there will be one-off initial cost to install the new system in each building. Heat exchanges tend to last much longer than combi boilers and require much less maintenance.