Senior Moy Park manager David Mark’s witness statement reveals that just weeks before cost controls were introduced on the scheme he installed a non-domestic boiler which heats his home.
Mr Mark said that he and his wife Joy – whose name the boiler is in – own and run ‘Piney Ridge’ guest accommodation, which “is also our family home, a two-storey property”.
He said that it opened for guests in October 2015 – the month before RHI cost controls were imposed: “The RHI scheme provided us with an opportunity to upgrade the existing heating system as part of the conversion works. At the time, the heating for the property consisted of a 36.5kwh gas boiler (installed in 2000) and 12 kwh water heating wood burning stove.
“The existing system was due for upgrading in any event and I had, from my Moy Park employment, gained a beneficial understanding of biomass boiler heating.”
He added: “We applied for membership of the RHI scheme in the autumn of 2015, immediately on installation/commissioning of our biomass boiler.”
Mr Mark confirmed that he was aware that cost controls were coming at that point. He claimed £9,236 in RHI payments in the first 16 months.
He said that he got quotes for the installation from two companies which Moy Park recommends that its farmers use – FG Plumbing and Heating Limited and CHP Mechanical.
He said the decision to set up the guest accommodation business was not linked to the availability of the RHI scheme.